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brim

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noun \ˈbrim\

Simple Definition of brim

  • : the top edge of a glass or a similar container

  • : the part of a hat that sticks out around the lower edge

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of brim

  1. 1 a (1) :  an upper or outer margin :  verge (2) archaic :  the upper surface of a body of water b :  the edge or rim of a hollow vessel, a natural depression, or a cavity

  2. 2 :  the projecting rim of a hat

brimless

play \-ləs\ adjective

Examples of brim in a sentence

  1. <the brim of the teacup was banded with gold>

  2. <touched the brim of his cap by way of salute>



Origin and Etymology of brim

Middle English brimme; akin to Middle High German brem edge


First Known Use: 13th century


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brim

verb

Simple Definition of brim

  • : to be completely filled with something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of brim

brimmed

brimming

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to fill to the brim

  3. intransitive verb
  4. 1 :  to be or become full often to overflowing <eyes brimming with tears>

  5. 2 :  to reach or overflow a brim

Examples of brim in a sentence

  1. Her heart was brimming with happiness.

  2. The show brims with excitement.



1598

First Known Use of brim

1598

Rhymes with brim



BRIM Defined for Kids

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brim

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noun \ˈbrim\

Definition of brim for Students

  1. 1 :  the edge or rim of something hollow <The cup was filled to the brim.>

  2. 2 :  the part of a hat that sticks out around the lower edge




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brim

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verb

Definition of brim for Students

brimmed

brimming

  1. :  to be or become full to overflowing <brimming with happiness>





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