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trim

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verb, \ˈtrim\

Simple Definition of trim

  • : to cut (something) off something else : to remove (something) by cutting

  • : to make (something) neat by cutting it

  • : to make the size, amount, or extent of (something) smaller

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of trim

trimmedtrimming

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to embellish with or as if with ribbons, lace, or ornaments <trim the Christmas tree> <the coat was trimmed with fur>

  3. 2a :  to administer a beating to :  thrashb :  defeat <trimmed me at chess>

  4. 3a :  to make trim and neat especially by cutting or clipping <trim the hedges>b :  to free of excess or extraneous matter by or as if by cutting <trim a budget> <trim down the inventory>c :  to remove by or as if by cutting <trimmed thousands from federal payrolls — Grit>

  5. 4a (1) :  to cause (as a ship) to assume a desirable position in the water by arrangement of ballast, cargo, or passengers (2) :  to adjust (as an airplane or submarine) for horizontal movement or for motion upward or downwardb :  to adjust (as cargo or a sail) to a desired position

  6. intransitive verb
  7. 1a :  to maintain neutrality between opposing parties or to favor each equallyb :  to change one's views for reasons of expediency

  8. 2 :  to assume or cause a boat to assume a desired position in the water <a boat that trims badly>

trim one's sails
  1. :  to adjust oneself or one's actions to prevailing conditions <compromise or trim your sails to suit the political winds — Philip Johnston>

Examples of trim in a sentence

  1. The hedges need to be trimmed.

  2. They are looking for ways to trim the budget.

  3. We trimmed the Christmas tree.

  4. a pillow trimmed in lace



Origin of trim

probably from Middle English *trimmen to prepare, put in order, from Old English trymian, trymman to strengthen, arrange, from trum strong, firm; probably akin to Old English trēo tree, wood — more at tree


First Known Use: circa 1521

Rhymes with trim


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trim

adjective,

Simple Definition of trim

  • : neat and orderly

  • : slim and healthy

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of trim

trimmertrimmest

  1. 1 obsolete :  excellent, fine

  2. 2 :  ready for service or use; also :  in good physical condition <keeps trim by jogging>

  3. 3 :  exhibiting neatness, good order, or compactness of line or structure <trim houses>

trimly adverb
trimness noun

Examples of trim in a sentence

  1. She has a trim figure.

  2. He keeps fit and trim by biking.



Circa 1521

First Known Use of trim

circa 1521


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trim

adverb

Definition of trim

  1. :  in a trim manner :  trimly —used chiefly in combination <the trim-cut forest vistas — W. M. Thackeray>



1529

First Known Use of trim

1529


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trim

noun

Simple Definition of trim

  • : an act of trimming something (such as hair)

  • : material (such as ribbons, lace, etc.) that is used for decorating something especially around its edges

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of trim

  1. 1 :  suitable or excellent condition <tries to keep in trim>

  2. 2a :  one's clothing or appearanceb :  material used for ornament or trimmingc :  the woodwork in the finish of a building especially around openingsd :  the interior furnishings of an automobile

  3. 3a :  the position of a ship or boat especially with reference to the horizontal; also :  the difference between the draft of a ship forward and that aftb :  the relation between the plane of a sail and the direction of the shipc :  the buoyancy status of a submarined :  the attitude of a lighter-than-air craft relative to a fore-and-aft horizontal planee :  the attitude with respect to wind axes at which an airplane will continue in level flight with free controls

  4. 4 :  something that is trimmed off or cut out

  5. 5 :  a haircut that neatens a previous haircut

Examples of trim in a sentence

  1. a skirt with lace trim

  2. <the doctor declared her to be in good trim for the race>



Circa 1593

First Known Use of trim

circa 1593

Other Automotive Terms


Trim

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geographical name \ˈtrim\

Definition of Trim

  1. town E Ireland ∗ of County Meath pop 1781





TRIM Defined for Kids

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trim

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verb \ˈtrim\

Definition of trim for Students

trimmedtrimming

  1. 1 :  to put decorations on :  adorn <The dress is trimmed in lace.>

  2. 2 :  to make neat especially by cutting or clipping <He trimmed his beard.>

  3. 3 :  to free of unnecessary matter <We need to trim our expenses.>

  4. 4 :  to adjust (as a sail) to a desired position

trimmer noun


Headscratcher for trim

If you're trimming something, you could be adding to it or taking away from it. Trim can mean cutting off and getting rid of anything extra, such as branches from a bush, or it can mean adding decorations, such as to a present.


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trim

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adjective

Definition of trim for Students

trimmertrimmest

  1. :  neat and compact in line or structure <a trim house> <She maintains a trim figure.>

trimly adverb



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trim

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noun

Definition of trim for Students

  1. 1 :  material used for ornament or trimming <The jacket has fake fur trim.>

  2. 2 :  the woodwork in the finish of a building especially around doors and windows

  3. 3 :  an act or instance of cutting or clipping <I'm going to the barber for a trim.>





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