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rim

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noun \ˈrim\

Simple Definition of rim

  • : the outer edge of a usually round object

  • : the part of a wheel that the tire is put on

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of rim

  1. 1 a :  brink b :  the outer often curved or circular edge or border of something

  2. 2 a :  the outer part of a wheel joined to the hub usually by spokes b :  a removable outer metal band on an automobile wheel to which the tire is attached

  3. 3 :  frame 4c(1)

rimless

play \-ləs\ adjective

Examples of rim in a sentence

  1. There were chips on the rim of the plate.

  2. the rim of the volcano

  3. He bought stainless steel rims for his new car.



Origin and Etymology of rim

Middle English, from Old English rima; akin to Old Norse rimi strip of land


First Known Use: 13th century


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rim

verb

Simple Definition of rim

  • : to form or put a rim around (something)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of rim

rimmed

rimming

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to run around the rim of <putts that rim the cup>

  3. 2 :  to serve as a rim for :  border <cliffs rimming the camp>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to form or show a rim

Examples of rim in a sentence

  1. She rimmed her eyes with eyeliner.

  2. a porcelain bowl rimmed with gold



1621

First Known Use of rim

1621

Rhymes with rim



RIM Defined for Kids

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rim

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noun \ˈrim\

Definition of rim for Students

  1. 1 :  an outer edge especially of something curved <the rim of a plate>

  2. 2 :  the part of a wheel that the tire is mounted on

rimmed

\ˈrimd\ adjective <a gold-rimmed glass>



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rim

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verb

Definition of rim for Students

rimmed

rimming

  1. :  to form a rim around <Rocks rimmed the lake.>





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