Skim vs Survey - What's the difference?

skim | survey |


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.

skim

English

Verb

(skimm)
  • To pass lightly; to glide along in an even, smooth course; to glide along near the surface.
  • * Alexander Pope
  • Not so when swift Camilla scours the plain, / Flies o'er the unbending corn, and skims along the main.
  • To pass near the surface of; to brush the surface of; to glide swiftly along the surface of.
  • * Hazlitt
  • Homer describes Mercury as flinging himself from the top of Olympus, and skimming the surface of the ocean.
  • To hasten along with superficial attention.
  • * I. Watts
  • They skim over a science in a very superficial survey.
  • To put on a finishing coat of plaster.
  • to throw an object so it bounces on water (skimming stones )
  • to ricochet
  • to read quickly, skipping some detail
  • I skimmed the newspaper over breakfast.
  • 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.
  • to skim''' milk; to '''skim broth
  • 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 cream

    Derived terms

    * skim through * skim over * skim off * skimmed milk * skimmer * semi-skimmed

    Adjective

    (-)
  • (of milk) Having lowered fat content.
  • Derived terms

    * skim milk

    survey

    English

    Noun

    (wikipedia survey) (en noun)
  • The act of surveying; a general view, as from above.
  • * (and other bibliographic particulars) (John Denham)
  • Under his proud survey the city lies.
  • A particular view; an examination, especially an official examination, of a particular group of items, in order to ascertain the condition, quantity, or quality.
  • A survey''' of the stores of a ship; a '''survey''' of roads and bridges; a '''survey of buildings.
  • An examination of the opinions of a group of people.
  • The local council conducted a survey of its residents to help it decide whether to go ahead with the roadside waste collection service.
  • A questionnaire or similar instrument used for examining the opinions of a group the people.
  • I just filled out that survey on roadside waste pick-up.
  • 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.
  • The owners of the adjoining plots had conflicting surveys .

    Synonyms

    * (act of surveying) prospect, surveil * (particular view) review

    Derived terms

    * trigonometric survey

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • 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)
  • Round he surveys and well might, where he stood, So high above.
  • To view with a scrutinizing eye; to examine.
  • * (and other bibliographic particulars) (John Dryden)
  • With such altered looks, . . . All pale and speechless, he surveyed me round.
  • 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.
  • Derived terms

    * surveying * surveyal * surveyance * surveyee * surveyor