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skip 1 (skĭp)
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v. skipped, skip·ping, skips
v.intr.
1.
a. To move by hopping on one foot and then the other.
b. To leap lightly about.
2. To bounce over or be deflected from a surface; skim or ricochet: threw the stone so it skipped over the water.
3. To pass from point to point, omitting or disregarding what intervenes: skipped through the list hurriedly; skipping over the dull passages in the novel.
4. To be promoted in school beyond the next regular class or grade.
5. Informal To leave hastily; abscond: skipped out of town.
6. To misfire. Used of an engine.
v.tr.
1. To leap or jump lightly over: skip rope.
2.
a. To pass over without mentioning; omit: skipped the minor details of the story.
b. To miss or omit as one in a series: My heart skipped a beat.
3. To cause to bounce lightly over a surface; skim.
4. To be promoted beyond (the next grade or level).
5. Informal To leave hastily: The fugitive skipped town.
6. Informal To fail to attend: We skipped science class again.
n.
1. A leaping or jumping movement, especially a gait in which hops and steps alternate.
2. An act of passing over something; an omission.
3. A control mechanism on an audio or video player that interrupts the playing of a recording and advances or reverses to the beginning of the nearest chapter, track, or other division.

[Middle English skippen, perhaps of Scandinavian origin.]

skippa·ble adj.

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skip 2 (skĭp)
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n.
Chiefly British
A container for receiving, transporting, and dumping waste materials.

[Variant of SKEP (in its earlier meaning, basket).]

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