brim

noun
\ ˈbrim \

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 \-ləs \ 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

Both guards wore black hats turned backward, with cut pieces of the title game net affixed to the brims. Greg Bishop, SI.com, "The Michael Jordan of Anywhere: Donte DiVincenzo Gives Villanova a Huge Spark at Perfect Time," 3 Apr. 2018 Either way, this member of your group will walk away from the Kentucky Derby Festival full to the brim and highly satisfied. For Kentucky Derby Festival, The Courier-Journal, "What Ky Derby Festival Events should you attend?," 28 Mar. 2018 The city’s downtown brims with coffee shops, yoga studios and purveyors of artisanal food, helping to entice young college graduates to stick around rather than seek out bigger cities. Laura Kusisto, WSJ, "The Next Housing Crisis: A Historic Shortage of New Homes," 18 Mar. 2018 This annual festival dominates downtown Eagle River and has a schedule filled to the brim with food, vendors and amusing events. Anchorage Daily News, "Coming up: a new brewery debut, Spectrum music festival and Bear Paw," 13 July 2018 Franco, blinded by the brim, settled himself and fired a perfect throw to first. Matt Breen, Philly.com, "Phillies top Orioles behind Zach Eflin's gem, Maikel Franco's big play," 3 July 2018 While many members of the royal family showed up wearing traditional fascinators in colors like pale pink and deep blue, Eugenie wore a beige curved-brim hat with green leaves on it. Michelle Manetti, Good Housekeeping, "Princess Eugenie Wore the Best Hat and Dress for Trooping the Colour," 9 June 2018 Derby season begs for a brand-new wide-brim hat, and football season your best gameday colors. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, "What Does It Really Mean To Have Southern Taste?," 8 June 2018 Unlike with Ninja’s own tournament at the Esports Arena in Las Vegas back in April, which focused heavily on following the Twitch star’s own performance across 10 sucessive matches, the Pro-Am tournament was filled to the brim with notable names. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Fortnite’s celebrity tournament felt like a trial run for Epic’s grand e-sports ambitions," 17 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Crimson Tide capped off a dominant season on defense with a 21–0 shutout of LSU, which crossed midfield on offense exactly once all night and gained just 92 total yards against a defense brimming with NFL draft picks. Ben Ladner, SI.com, "The 10 Best National Championship Game Performances of the BCS Era," 13 July 2018 Once an albatross, the school’s location south of Downtown is now an asset, attracting students drawn to a university in a city brimming with cultural cred. Alex Bhattacharji, Town & Country, "Can USC Survive Scandal and Shed Its Spoiled-Kid Reputation Once and For All?," 10 July 2018 The show, nine galleries brimming with more than 250 paintings and decorative objects and organized by a team of curators from the Kimbell Art Museum, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and the MFA, is on view through Oct. 8. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, "MFA’s ‘Casanova’ a voluptuous look at a notorious voluptuary," 6 July 2018 With its impeccably maintained historic homes, gorgeous private beach only accessible by ferry, and a Main Street brimming with art galleries and live theater, Bellport has been an insider secret of the creative set since the 1970s. Ariel Okin, Vogue, "Hamptons Not Your Scene? Consider the Low-Key Charm of Bellport, New York," 3 July 2018 Texans coach Bill O'Brien and general manager Brian Gaine are true believers in a philosophy built around having a roster brimming with bigger, stronger and faster players. Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle, "Texans want prototypical height, weight speed when evaluating players," 31 May 2018 The Nationals are one of those teams brimming with the kind of name-brand players that make the turnstiles roll and the disbelief suspend. David Murphy, Philly.com, "The Phillies think they are for real. Who are we to argue? | David Murphy," 2 July 2018 Nicholas Pyenson, the curator of fossil marine mammals at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, has been tracking the long tail of whale evolution for decades, from deserts brimming with bones to the seas themselves. Brian Switek, Smithsonian, "Today’s Whales Are Huge, But Why Aren’t They Huger?," 27 June 2018 The result is a project brimming with thunderous beats, rapid-fire bars, and, as fans have come to expect from Lecrae, vivid storytelling. Juan Vidal, Billboard, "Lecrae on New Album 'Let the Trap Say Amen' & The True Heart of the South," 19 June 2018

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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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More Definitions for brim

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 \

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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