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skitter

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v skitter twitch the hook of a fishing line through or along the surface of water
    • v skitter cause to skip over a surface "Skip a stone across the pond"
    • v skitter glide easily along a surface
    • v skitter to move about or proceed hurriedly "so terrified by the extraordinary ebbing of the sea that they scurried to higher ground"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • skitter To skim; pass over lightly.
    • skitter In angling, to draw a baited hook or a spoon-hook along the surface of water by means of a rod and line: as, to skitter for pickerel.
    • n skitter The act of skittering, or gliding or skimming over with a light touch.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Skitter to skim lightly over: to void thin excrement: to draw a baited hook along the surface of water
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Scand., Sw. skutta, to leap, skjuta, to shoot.

Usage

In literature:

We saw the ruffled grouse whir through the thickets and the wild ducks skitter down the stream ahead of us.
"Days Off" by Henry Van Dyke
Once, skittering along by dark, he realized that the halted car which he had just passed was the Gomez.
"Free Air" by Sinclair Lewis
Before he could recover himself and renew his assault, the window of the cabin had gone up with a skittering slam.
"The Backwoodsmen" by Charles G. D. Roberts
He came up at once, and with two-thirds of his body out of the water he began to skitter toward us.
"Tales of Fishes" by Zane Grey
You won't have to skitter it a bit.
"Two Arrows" by William O. Stoddard
Dane's mind skittered from it, as always, and then came back to it reluctantly.
"Dead Ringer" by Lester del Rey
An hour ago I was wallowing in the slough of despond; now I am skittering on the heights once more.
"The Campfire Girls on Ellen's Isle" by Hildegard G. Frey
That is, if anyone tried to lay alongside one of those scoopships, he'd be detected and the ship would skitter away.
"Industrial Revolution" by Poul William Anderson
Then, too, the skittering may be that of some entirely different creature.
"Old Plymouth Trails" by Winthrop Packard
The arrow skittered across the stone shelf and stopped.
"The Pirates of Shan" by Harold Leland Goodwin
Something flew out of his coat pocket and skittered across the floor.
"Instant of Decision" by Gordon Randall Garrett
He skittered inside to the telephone.
"Henry Horn's X-Ray Eye Glasses" by Dwight V. Swain
It was a tatterdemalion array that he had conjured into conclave with his skittering whoop along the hill-tops.
"When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry" by Charles Neville Buck
They skittered across the floor, one of them slipping through the heating-grating.
"Makers" by Cory Doctorow
A table skittered across the room and brought up against the wall.
"Paradise Bend" by William Patterson White
The artillery skittered and strained into place.
"Average Americans" by Theodore Roosevelt
Before it, along the pavement, something came skittering out of Marsyas' cubiculum.
"Saul of Tarsus" by Elizabeth Miller
Skittering is a favorite method of fishing for the pickerel in weedy ponds.
"Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others" by James Alexander Henshall
All five cans were blown to hell and sent skittering against the side of the hill.
"The Sex Life of the Gods" by Michael Knerr
Up came a big flounder, which was skittering about, the next moment, in the bottom of the boat.
"The Rival Campers Afloat" by Ruel Perley Smith
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In news:

John Corigliano's Conjurer was all about percussion virtuoso Evelyn Glennie, who skittered across wood, metal and skins for 35 minutes of brilliant coloratura.
Whirligig beetles skittering atop the slow water of Bayou Des Allemands were the first target of an evening bug hunt for the Audubon Insectarium as scientists sought to replenish its stock of swamp-swimmers.
Rally fans are used toseeing cars skitter or roll off the road, but every so often one of their incidents is caught on camera and this one is truly amazing.
It rose behind us in all its glory, as our bare feet skittered in and out of the still warm water.
If this were the much-fabled "peaceable kingdom" I'd embrace all the little furry varmints that skitter across my tackroom floor or nestle inside my hay bales.
Yeasayer has released a video for " Longevity, " a skittering track from the group's recently released third album, Fragrant World.
RedCloud remembers well the moment that forever altered his life and set it skittering off on its present trajectory.
We were leaving a local restaurant through an adjacent store, when its wares skittered off the counters and clattered onto the floor.
Strange shadows skitter over the cabins along the Frontier Trail.
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In science:

The Internet research organisation CAIDA has developed a tool called skitter which probes around one million IPv4 addresses from 25 monitors around the world.
A critical look at power law modelling of the Internet
By using more monitors and a larger list of distinct addresses, DIMES produces larger AS graphs than skitter.
A critical look at power law modelling of the Internet
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