Skim vs Survey - What's the difference?
As verbs the difference between skim and survey
is that skim
is to pass lightly; to glide along in an even, smooth course; to glide along near the surface while survey
is to inspect, or take a view of; to view with attention, as from a high place; to overlook; as, to stand on a hill, and survey the surrounding country.
As an adjective skim
is (of milk) having lowered fat content.
As a noun survey is
the act of surveying; a general view, as from above.
To pass lightly; to glide along in an even, smooth course; to glide along near the surface.
* Alexander Pope
To pass near the surface of; to brush the surface of; to glide swiftly along the surface of.
- Not so when swift Camilla scours the plain, / Flies o'er the unbending corn, and skims along the main.
To hasten along with superficial attention.
* I. Watts
- Homer describes Mercury as flinging himself from the top of Olympus, and skimming the surface of the ocean.
To put on a finishing coat of plaster.
to throw an object so it bounces on water (skimming stones )
to read quickly, skipping some detail
- They skim over a science in a very superficial survey.
to scrape off; to remove (something) from a surface
to clear (a liquid) from scum or substance floating or lying on it, by means of a utensil that passes just beneath the surface.
- I skimmed the newspaper over breakfast.
to clear a liquid from (scum or substance floating or lying on it), especially the cream that floats on top of fresh milk
- to skim''' milk; to '''skim broth
- to skim cream
* skim through
* skim over
* skim off
* skimmed milk
(of milk) Having lowered fat content.
* skim milk
The act of surveying; a general view, as from above.
* (and other bibliographic particulars) (John Denham)
A particular view; an examination, especially an official examination, of a particular group of items, in order to ascertain the condition, quantity, or quality.
- Under his proud survey the city lies.
An examination of the opinions of a group of people.
- A survey''' of the stores of a ship; a '''survey''' of roads and bridges; a '''survey of buildings.
A questionnaire or similar instrument used for examining the opinions of a group the people.
- The local council conducted a survey of its residents to help it decide whether to go ahead with the roadside waste collection service.
The operation of finding the contour, dimensions, position, or other particulars of any part of the earth's surface.
A measured plan and description of any portion of country.
- I just filled out that survey on roadside waste pick-up.
- The owners of the adjoining plots had conflicting surveys .
* (act of surveying) prospect, surveil
* (particular view) review
* trigonometric survey
To inspect, or take a view of; to view with attention, as from a high place; to overlook; as, to stand on a hill, and survey the surrounding country.
* (and other bibliographic particulars) (John Milton)
To view with a scrutinizing eye; to examine.
* (and other bibliographic particulars) (John Dryden)
- Round he surveys and well might, where he stood, So high above.
To examine with reference to condition, situation, value, etc.; to examine and ascertain the state of; as, to survey a building in order to determine its value and exposure to loss by fire.
To determine the form, extent, position, etc., of, as a tract of land, a coast, harbor, or the like, by means of linear and angular measurements, and the application of the principles of geometry and trigonometry; as, to survey land or a coast.
To examine and ascertain, as the boundaries and royalties of a manor, the tenure of the tenants, and the rent and value of the same.
- With such altered looks, . . . All pale and speechless, he surveyed me round.