Webster 1913 Edition
One who, or that which, skims; esp., a utensil with which liquids are skimmed.
Any species of longwinged marine birds of the genus
Rhynchops, allied to the terns, but having the lower mandible compressed and much longer than the upper one. These birds fly rapidly along the surface of the water, with the lower mandible immersed, thus skimming out small fishes. The American species (
Rhynchops nigra) is common on the southern coasts of the United States. Called also
Any one of several large bivalve shells, sometimes used for skimming milk, as the sea clams, and large scallops.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.An utensil in the form of a scoop; used for skimming liquors.
2.One that skims over a subject.
3.A sea fowl, the cut-water.