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 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 The containers were labeled as recyclable plastic scraps, but an inspection by customs officials found that many of them were filled to the brim with used adult diapers and wires. Washington Post, "Trudeau announces Canadian ban on ‘harmful’ single-use plastics," 11 June 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Itinerary Itinerary Blanketed in pristine rainforest, lined by golden sands, and brimming with curious-looking creatures, Costa Rica is the ultimate family playground. National Geographic, "Costa Rica Family Journey: From Rainforest to Coast," 12 June 2019 Cameron cocked things up before her, but he can be accused only of lifting the lid from a brimming pan. Sahil Handa, National Review, "Reclaiming Britishness from the Brexit Debacle," 10 June 2019 Such voyages often brim with the promise of indiscriminate beer and exhilarated 5 a.m. exits from dance warehouses, but in this case, not so. Chuck Culpepper, courant.com, "Brooks Koepka never got lost on his long winding road to the top of the golf world," 10 June 2019 In a city as brimming with minority residents as Newark, Ms. Pancarician said, many young people don’t see themselves as outsiders. New York Times, "Philip Roth’s Newark, the Hometown He Never Really Left," 23 May 2018 Like other societies recovering from internecine violence, Northern Ireland brims... Michael O’donnell, WSJ, "‘Say Nothing’ Review: The Ballad of Jean McConville," 26 Feb. 2019 For their second act, the couple went even more opulent with pieces that were brimming with embellishment. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Bollywood’s Biggest Couple Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh Tie the Knot in Lake Como," 15 Nov. 2018 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

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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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