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

Season three of Stranger Things was filled to the brim with stan-worthy relationships. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Here Are All the "Stranger Things" Stars' Relationship Statuses IRL," 9 July 2019 In fact, the whole Conjuring universe is packed to the brim with paranormal personae, ranging from the silly-spooky to the downright terrifying. Daniel Menegaz, EW.com, "All the evil spirits of the Conjuring universe, ranked," 29 June 2019 All across town, front yards were covered in furniture and toys, and garages were packed to the brim with household supplies and sports memorabilia. Taylor Hartz, chicagotribune.com, "Nearly 70 families participate in Harwood Heights village garage sale," 24 June 2019 His partner operated a crane, picking up larger loads and shoving them forcefully into the truck's haul that was now filled to the brim. Hayat Norimine, Dallas News, "Weeks after storm, Dallas officials plow through tons of brush," 24 June 2019 Wrigley was filled to the brim Friday, but mostly for the Cubs and for the Anthony Rizzo bobblehead giveaway, not because of the Mets’ presence. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Fifty years later, the Cubs’ 1969 collapse to the Mets still triggers anxiety in Baby Boomers," 22 June 2019 Employees have been continuously filling our recycling bin (and multiple paper bags) to the brim. Celeste Turner, nola.com, "Green Committee takes on recycling initiative," 19 June 2019 As parts of the nation’s midsection flooded this year, the lakes filled to the brim. Washington Post, "Rising waters in the Great Lakes puts endangered shorebird at greater risk," 17 June 2019 The room was also filled to the brim, and the line to get in stretched around the hall. Alana Abramson, Time, "Democrats Had a Good News, Bad News Day on the Mueller Report," 12 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Ashley Bowling’s Historical Tours of Telluride brims with discoveries, including a visit to the site of Butch Cassidy’s first successful bank robbery (970-728-6639). Jeanine Barone, The Know, "Ride your bike on these Colorado railroad routes without fear of being run over by a train," 2 July 2019 Guest rooms and common spaces brim with a dazzling array of antique and contemporary objets d’art, thanks to the vision of husband-and-wife owners Joerg Drechsel and Txuku Iriarte Solana, passionate collectors and Keralan hospitality pioneers. Alexandra Kirkman, Fortune, "Why You Should Visit Southern India on Your Next Vacation," 22 June 2019 Rounding out the collection are the Ageless Revitalizing Neck Cream ($110) and the Ageless Revitalizing Eye Cream ($135), which are brimming with antioxidant-rich nutrients formulated especially for each area of skin. Alexis Rhiannon, Allure, "Tatcha’s Ageless Renewal Face & Neck Kit Skin-Care Kit Is on Sale at QVC," 11 June 2019 Do these things to prepare for the show so you're not lost Edred Utomi has the unenviable task of portraying Alexander Hamilton, a character that is brimming with self-confidence and insecurity at the same time. Kathryn Gregory, The Courier-Journal, "It's not a show, it's a movement. 'Hamilton' wows at Kentucky Center," 6 June 2019 Below par or not, Bilbao still have a squad that is brimming full of talent including the likes of Inaki Williams and Aritz Aduriz and so will provide a stern but exciting test for the Hammers and their fans. SI.com, "West Ham Pre-Season 2019: Where to Watch the Hammers Play This Summer," 5 June 2019 My biggest complaint comes from the infotainment system—which feels out of place in a car that's otherwise brimming with technical innovation—and the lack of support for CarPlay and Android Auto. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Variable-compression engine meets crossover: Infiniti QX50 review," 8 Nov. 2018 Now, this new story seems so perfectly designed to justify Rosenstein’s firing that Twitter soon brimmed with suspicion that the Times’ sources were trying to bring about that very outcome. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "The Times’ big new Rod Rosenstein story has major implications for Mueller’s probe," 21 Sep. 2018 In January, only a handful of parishioners were reported at the once-brimming church, long a symbol of Polish and Catholic heritage. Morgan Greene, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago’s St. Adalbert Church to hold last Mass in 3 weeks," 23 June 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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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 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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