(Skil"let) n. [OF. escuelette, dim. of escuelle a porringer, F. ecuelle, fr. L. scutella, dim. of
scutra, scuta, a dish. Cf. Scuttle a basket.] A small vessel of iron, copper, or other metal, with a
handle, used for culinary purpose, as for stewing meat.
(Skill"ful) a. [Written also skilful.]
1. Discerning; reasonable; judicious; cunning. [Obs.] "Of skillful judgment." Chaucer.
2. Possessed of, or displaying, skill; knowing and ready; expert; well-versed; able in management; as, a
skillful mechanic; often followed by at, in, or of; as, skillful at the organ; skillful in drawing.
And they shall call the husbandman to mourning, and such as are skillful of lamentations to wailing.Amos v. 16.
Syn. Expert; skilled; dexterous; adept; masterly; adroit; clever; cunning.
Skill"ful*ly, adv. Skill"ful*ness, n.
(Skil`li*ga*lee") n. A kind of thin, weak broth or oatmeal porridge, served out to prisoners
and paupers in England; also, a drink made of oatmeal, sugar, and water, sometimes used in the English
navy or army. [Written also skilligolee, skillygalee, etc.]
(Skil"ling) n. [Cf. Sheeling.] A bay of a barn; also, a slight addition to a cottage. [Prov. Eng.]
(Skil"ling), n. [Sw. & Dan. See Shilling.] A money od account in Sweden, Norwey, Denmark,
and North Germany, and also a coin. It had various values, from three fourths of a cent in Norway to
more than two cents in Lübeck.
(Skill"-less), a. Wanting skill. Shak.
(Skilts) n. pl. A kind of large, coarse, short trousers formerly worn. [Local, U. S.] Bartlett.
(Skil"ty) n. The water rail. [Prov. Eng.]
(Skim) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Skimmed (skimd); p. pr. & vb. n. Skimming.] [Cf. Sw. skymma to
darken. &radic158. See Scum.]
1. To clear (a liquid) from scum or substance floating or lying thereon, by means of a utensil that passes
just beneath the surface; as, to skim milk; to skim broth.
2. To take off by skimming; as, to skim cream.
3. To pass near the surface of; to brush the surface of; to glide swiftly along the surface of.
Homer describes Mercury as flinging himself from the top of Olympus, and skimming the surface of the
4. Fig.: To read or examine superficially and rapidly, in order to cull the principal facts or thoughts; as, to
skim a book or a newspaper.
(Skim), v. i.
1. To pass lightly; to glide along in an even, smooth course; to glide along near the surface.
Not so when swift Camilla scours the plain,Pope.
Flies o'er the unbending corn, and skims along the main.