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 \ ˈbrim-​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

Used by heavy-hitters like Daft Punk, Skrillex, Diplo, Deadmau5, and Kaskade, it's filled to the brim with effects, instruments, sounds, and a myriad of extra creative features to help artists make the best music. Popular Mechanics, "Learn How to Produce Pro-Level Music for Under $30," 31 Jan. 2019 Princess Diana's ensemble at the time consisted of a red and purple look by her go-to designer, Catherine Walker, with a matching wide-brim hat by Philip Somerville. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Channeled One of Princess Diana's Most Famous Outfits," 15 Jan. 2019 Every page from the author’s vivid and intelligent pen brims with honor and courage. Claire Tomalin, WSJ, "Five Best: Claire Tomalin on the Best Books About Family Trouble," 22 Nov. 2018 The country’s largest hospital is already full to the brim, unable to admit. Mallory Locklear, Discover Magazine, "With Big Data and Predictive Analytics, Scientists Are Getting Smarter About Outbreaks," 8 Nov. 2018 Some kids, my son included, brim with kinetic energy. Brian Gresko, Longreads, "Wrestling With My Father," 12 June 2018 Clinton and Patterson’s fictional commander in chief brims with humanity, character and stoicism. Nicolle Wallace, New York Times, "Bill Clinton and James Patterson Have Written a Thriller. It’s Good.," 5 June 2018 Others of note: Clear Lake (4.7 Rumsey Gauge, 7.56 feet is considered the brim). Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "Summer arrives: Light the fuse and stand back," 31 May 2018 The festivities were brimming with nearly 500 members of the five military branches, but that's not the brim that caught the internet's attention. Christina Capatides, CBS News, "Melania Trump's hat has the internet in formation, comparing her to Beyoncé," 24 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But for this first season, at least, the pair remain young, still brimming with potential and possibility. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "HBO’s My Brilliant Friend adaptation is a knockout," 18 Nov. 2018 Vogt pulled 15 options (with five back-ups), each brimming with the promise of potential comedic material. Andrea Cheng, Glamour, "The Best Part of the Crazy Rich Asians Fashion Is the Revival of the Getting-Dressed Montage," 17 Aug. 2018 Porto Ercole is brimming with tons of outdoor activities and Burch suggests incorporating something different every day, like hiking, swimming, or playing tennis. Mara Balagtas, Condé Nast Traveler, "Designer Tory Burch's Guide to Summer in Italy," 6 Aug. 2018 This is especially hard now when farmers markets are brimming with annual treasures. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Table for 1: For solo diners, cooking at home offers many perks," 12 July 2018 The lobster steamer pot, served in a sea blue Le Creuset casserole, was brimming with lobster, clams and shrimp in a garlicky broth spiked with andouille and lemongrass. Craig Laban, Philly.com, "Atlantic City restaurants: New casinos, diverse independent spots create rising culinary energy," 6 July 2018 Not so for Ryan Morgan, who stepped onto the court brimming with confidence in his quest to make history for the La Cañada High boys’ tennis team. Charles Rich, latimes.com, "All-Area Boys' Tennis Singles Player of the Year: Morgan makes history for Spartans," 4 July 2018 This was indeed a full-blown baseline duel, brimming with slugfest exchanges. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Simona Halep Breaks Through in French Open, Winning Her First Major Title," 9 June 2018 One menu standby — and its best — is its Northern Italian Maltagliati pasta with braised rabbit meat and carrots, herbaceous and brimming with a rich white-wine-and-butter sauce. Tan Vinh, The Seattle Times, "The best dinner-for-two deal in Seattle: a bottle of wine and 2 pasta entrees for $35," 18 Sep. 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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