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 Multiple compartments in the vehicle held the drugs, including a spare tire packed to the brim, according to the arrest report. Alana Minkler, azcentral, "Traffic stop turns into Casa Grande police's biggest drug bust, officials say," 28 May 2020 Since March, investors have been increasingly focused on the large inventory builds at Cushing, Oklahoma, the delivery point for the WTI futures contract, fearing that oil filling to the brim would portend the next leg of a price rout. Lucia Kassai, Bloomberg.com, "One Trader Who Cashed in on Subzero Oil Prices Sees Rare Payout," 13 May 2020 Gas prices, already low after a relatively warm winter in the Northern Hemisphere, have plummeted and storage facilities have filled to the brim. Clifford Krauss, New York Times, "Natural Gas Exports Slow as Pandemic Reduces Global Demand," 11 May 2020 The firm says global storage of crude is already close to being filled to the brim, estimating that on average 79% of the world's oil storage capacity is already full. Jon Gambrell, Anchorage Daily News, "Mexico’s reluctance imperils deal to reduce worldwide oil production and raise prices," 10 Apr. 2020 The curve is flattened so much that stories of New York emergency rooms filling to the brim have been crowded out by stories of hospitals that are eerily empty. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "The Lockdown Dilemma," 1 May 2020 Monday’s slide reversed a rebound from late last week, reflecting mounting skepticism that coordinated supply cuts by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies will prevent the world’s oil storage from filling to the brim. Joe Wallace, WSJ, "Oil Slides With Rising Glut Spooking Investors," 27 Apr. 2020 The firm says global storage of crude is already close to being filled to the brim, estimating that on average 79% of the world’s oil storage capacity is already full. Jon Gambrell, Houston Chronicle, "Global deal to cut oil output in sight after Mexico signs up," 10 Apr. 2020 Avoid filling your dryer to the brim, so that everything can be dried evenly. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "The Ultimate Checklist for How Often You Should Wash Clothes, Linens, and Everything Else," 7 Apr. 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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The first known use of brim was in the 13th century

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1 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Brim.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brim. Accessed 4 Jun. 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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