skimmer

skimmer
U.S. Naval Term. Any naval crewman of a ship or craft that operates on the surface of the water.
In common use in today's U.S. Navy, this informal term derives from one meaning of the verb skim, meaning "To glide or pass quickly over or along (a surface)."
It is one of three terms that very generally classifies a sailor into one of the three levels on which the Navy operates and fights: below the sea (bubbleheads), on the sea (skimmers), and above the sea (airdales).
See also in the Pseudodictionary: Bubblehead, Airdale.

One submariner speaking to another about a sailor on a surface ship: "Ah, what does he know about submarines. He's a skimmer."


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  • Skimmer — Skim mer, n. 1. One who, or that which, skims; esp., a utensil with which liquids are skimmed. [1913 Webster] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) Any species of longwinged marine birds of the genus {Rhynchops}, allied to the terns, but having the lower mandible… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • skimmer — [skim′ər] n. 1. a person or thing that skims 2. any utensil used in skimming liquids 3. any of a family (Rynchopidae) of long winged shorebirds that use their elongated lower bill to scoop up food while skimming over water 4. any of a family… …   English World dictionary

  • Skimmer — Taxobox name = Skimmers image width = 250px image caption = Black Skimmer regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Aves ordo = Charadriiformes familia = Rhynchopidae familia authority = Bonaparte, 1838 genus = Rhynchops genus authority =… …   Wikipedia

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  • skimmer — U.S. Naval Term. Any naval crewman of a ship or craft that operates on the surface of the water. In common use in today s U.S. Navy, this informal term derives from one meaning of the verb skim, meaning To glide or pass quickly over or along (a… …   Dictionary of american slang

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