brim

noun
\ ˈbrim How to pronounce brim (audio) \

Definition of brim

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a(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 : the projecting rim of a hat

brim

verb
brimmed; brimming

Definition of brim (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to fill to the brim

intransitive verb

1 : to be or become full often to overflowing eyes brimming with tears
2 : to reach or overflow a brim

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Other Words from brim

Noun

brimless \ ˈbrim-​ləs How to pronounce brimless (audio) \ adjective

Examples of brim in a Sentence

Noun

the brim of the teacup was banded with gold touched the brim of his cap by way of salute

Verb

Her heart was brimming with happiness. The show brims with excitement.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In mid-December, the port awarded nearly $12 million to erect a crude oil storage tank yard and pumping terminal at a more convenient place, Harbor Island, where VLCCs like the Hong Kong Spirit will be able to fill to the brim. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "America's New Energy Coast," 19 Mar. 2019 Said season finales are usually filled to the brim — for better or worse — with all the ideas that co-creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk could smash into an hour or so. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "American Horror Story: Apocalypse was somehow both absolutely nuts and largely forgettable," 18 Nov. 2018 The move alienated a number of hardcore Telegram watchers, but the company marches on, its coffers now filled to the brim. Jacob Silverman, Longreads, "Private Telegram, Public Strife," 3 July 2018 In addition, lake levels are not only high across Northern California, but dozens of major recreation lakes are near full and smaller lakes in the high country are right to the brim. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "High lakes, camp openings crown Memorial Day outlook," 24 May 2018 Spoon batter into muffin cups, filling each to the brim. Carly Graf, Outside Online, "The Best Homemade Snacks According to the Pros," 11 May 2018 This is a crayon sketch by a master: Robbins knew when to pare away — and when suddenly to fill a dance to the brim. Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, "Review: City Ballet Salutes Jerome Robbins, a Master of 2 Realms," 4 May 2018 And at nearly two pounds, their burritos will fill you to the brim. Fox News, "America's best burritos," 20 Nov. 2015 And for so long, when travelers flocked to France with an expectation of coming back with their suitcase filled to the brim, those classics are what the collective imagination called to mind. Glamour, "The Best French Brands You Haven’t Heard Of Yet," 29 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The beauty of Dior’s Moroccan extravaganza was evident on the runway, but those lucky enough to head to Marrakech were offered a bird’s-eye view of both a thrilling collection and a city brimming with history. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Go Behind the Scenes of Dior’s Marrakech Extravaganza With Model Nora Attal," 30 Apr. 2019 Like Gilbert, makeup pro James Kaliardos had his hands full, his kit brimming with Technicolor pigments and pots of iridescent glitter. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Rodarte Brings Mesmerizing Glitter Makeup to Its L.A. Homecoming," 6 Feb. 2019 From art to furniture to knick knacks picked up while traveling, my home is always brimming with objects. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Please Stop Trying to Make Me KonMari My Home," 21 Mar. 2019 The program was extensive but brimming with entertainment. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Opera Divas and Debutantes: Inside the 64th Annual Viennese Opera Ball," 5 Feb. 2019 The Blues are in good form and have begun finding the back of the net once again, and going up against a Swansea side who conceded five goals in their last league game, they're bound to be brimming with confidence. SI.com, "Swansea vs Chelsea Preview: Classic Encounter, Key Battles, Team News & More," 27 Apr. 2018 England will head into their final group game brimming with confidence, after dispatching Panama with ease. SI.com, "Conundrum: Explaining How England Can Finish Top of Their WC Group With a Draw Against Belgium," 24 June 2018 Last winter’s record rain and snow left most of California’s reservoirs brimming with water, providing a cushion for this year. Dale Kasler, sacbee, "Sierra Nevada snow picture brightens, but is still just a fraction of normal," 1 Feb. 2018 A year ago, executives were brimming with optimism about the economy and the ability of stock markets to continue to rise. Deborah Ball, WSJ, "Executives in Davos Put Brave Face on Jittery Mood," 22 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of brim

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Verb

1598, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for brim

Noun

Middle English brimme; akin to Middle High German brem edge

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brim

noun

English Language Learners Definition of brim

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the top edge of a glass or a similar container
: the part of a hat that sticks out around the lower edge

brim

verb

English Language Learners Definition of brim (Entry 2 of 2)

: to be completely filled with something

brim

noun
\ ˈbrim How to pronounce brim (audio) \

Kids Definition of brim

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the edge or rim of something hollow The cup was filled to the brim.
2 : the part of a hat that sticks out around the lower edge

brim

verb
brimmed; brimming

Kids Definition of brim (Entry 2 of 2)

: to be or become full to overflowing brimming with happiness

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