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 The master poured the visitor's cup to the brim, and then kept pouring. Josh Linkner, Detroit Free Press, "Instead of your glass half-full, try it completely empty," 27 June 2020 On a Saturday evening in February, Tang Bar was packed to the brim with people of all ages — all through word of mouth or without direct marketing from the restaurant. Momo Chang, SFChronicle.com, "The malatang restaurant trend hit the Bay Area. Then came the coronavirus," 26 June 2020 The pair then place a row of cardboard boxes, filled to the brim with books sorted by reading level, and a couple boxes of T-shirts on the dusty street. oregonlive, "For Warm Springs students, distance learning hinged on the strength of connections, both human and technological," 14 June 2020 An afternoon rally at Belo Park in downtown Dallas filled the space to the brim, with protesters spilling out past the perimeters. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "Dallas curfew lifted; thousands march peacefully through downtown on 9th day of protests," 6 June 2020 On May 15, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said stadiums won't be filled to the brim without a vaccine. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State football planning for fans at Spartan Stadium this fall. But how many?," 4 June 2020 There’s a reason people who live and work outside wear hats with a circular brim. Outdoor Life, "Effective sun protection clothing for days spent outside," 26 May 2020 CASA Tempe, a bar on Mill Avenue known for its big boozy buckets, was seen packed to the brim with a line stretching down Mill Avenue during the stay-at-home order. Joshua Bowling, azcentral, "An Arizona sheriff says he won't enforce county's mask mandate. Here's a look at how communities are handling enforcement," 27 Mar. 2020 These directives might very well be the subtitle for Dawn, a classic of Butler’s that is full to the brim with both facts and feelings. The Atlantic Culture Desk, The Atlantic, "20 Books to Read in Quarantine This Summer," 15 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Elliott's dual role at the Transportation Department is brimming with conflicts. Anchorage Daily News, "Some Trump loyalists replacing federal watchdogs have ‘preposterous’ conflicts," 25 May 2020 The diverse stories share a brimming awareness of the mystery and sacredness and transience of individual lives. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: Same Apple Family, New Kind of Theater," 30 Apr. 2020 With demand at near-paralysis due to social distancing lockdowns across the world, oil and fuel tanks are close to brimming. NBC News, "Oil plunges to just $1.38 a barrel," 21 Apr. 2020 Cabinets brim with scripts, shelves are laden with inspiring books and knickknacks from her projects fill the homey space. Los Angeles Times, "Hot Property newsletter: Real estate is about to get real," 18 Apr. 2020 Antarctic waters brim with krill, a tiny crustacean that feeds large whales, including blue, humpback, and minke whales, as well as penguins. National Geographic, "Penguins don't live at the South Pole, and more polar myths debunked," 3 Feb. 2020 Chinese cities brim with migrant workers from villages like Weiji, hauling bricks on building sites or delivering fast food on electric mopeds. The Economist, "Tough quarantine measures have spread across China," 30 Jan. 2020 As most university classrooms, offices, and libraries are spread out across town, during the school term, shops and pubs brim with student energy. Rick Steves, USA TODAY, "St. Andrews, Scotland: See the place where golf was born and Will and Kate fell in love," 24 Oct. 2019 Public parks brim with children and their families. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From IS camp, Syrian family returns home to a hostile city," 22 Sep. 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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Time Traveler for brim

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The first known use of brim was in the 13th century

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5 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Brim.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brim. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for brim

brim

noun
How to pronounce brim (audio)

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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