rim

noun
\ ˈrim How to pronounce rim (audio) \

Definition of rim

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : brink
b : the outer often curved or circular edge or border of something
2a : the outer part of a wheel joined to the hub usually by spokes
b : a removable outer metal band on an automobile wheel to which the tire is attached

rim

verb
rimmed; rimming

Definition of rim (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to run around the rim of putts that rim the cup
2 : to serve as a rim for : border cliffs rimming the camp

intransitive verb

: to form or show a rim

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Other Words from rim

Noun

rimless \ ˈrim-​ləs How to pronounce rimless (audio) \ adjective

Examples of rim in a Sentence

Noun There were chips on the rim of the plate. the rim of the volcano He bought stainless steel rims for his new car. Verb She rimmed her eyes with eyeliner. a porcelain bowl rimmed with gold
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Bias had explosive quickness and leaping ability, finished at the rim with power and possessed a jump shot with touch that would have improved in the NBA. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Opinion: The Len Bias story remains one of the saddest 'what-ifs' in sports history," 26 June 2020 The north rim of the Grand Canyon remains closed and is inaccessible due to road closures in the area. Fox News, "Aquila Fire in north Phoenix spurs evacuations, 1,600 without power," 24 June 2020 There’s no lip or rim, so the whole surface is available to display an array of flavorful sauces, fine cheeses, hors d’oeuvres, or a bottle of grappa and delicate stemware. Popular Science, "Pantry turntables for storing and spinning your favorite ingredients," 23 June 2020 Aaliyah is a great athlete who can score around the rim and will impact us defensively with her ability to block shots. Ben Thomas | Bthomas@al.com, al, "Hard work pays dividends for Coastal Female Athlete of the Year Aaliyah Austin," 15 June 2020 Hang the strip in one of the glasses that is partially filled with water by letting the pencil rest on the glass rim. Science Buddies, Scientific American, "Chromatography: Be a Color Detective," 14 May 2015 There are clear areas of improvement for Mykhailiuk this summer — improving his finishing ability at the rim and continuing to refine his defensive technique. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, "Why Detroit Pistons believe 'basketball purist' Svi Mykhailiuk is ready for leap," 14 June 2020 At 34, Green is still a rotation-caliber NBA wing who can provide energy, slash to the rim and hit the open 3-pointer. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Whom could Warriors sign during NBA transaction window?," 12 June 2020 The driver, a woman, was confused and could not tell police why the tire was off its rim. cleveland, "Man says he was forced into car at gunpoint and robbed: Cleveland Heights Police Blotter," 12 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The new masks are made out of 3D printed plastic and are rimmed with form-fitting silicone that helps the mask adhere to the face. AZCentral.com, "With a shortage of face masks, Phoenix hospital turns to 3D printing," 28 Apr. 2020 Prepare glass by moistening the rim with the lime wedge and run the moistened area of the glass in the rimming salt combination. Dallas News, "Dallas mobile mixologist launches cocktail e-book featuring quarantine-themed drinks," 24 Apr. 2020 The district plan envisions something more compelling — splitting the block rimmed by Howard, Main, Folsom and Beale streets into three horizontal zones, with a park bookended by housing complexes. John King, SFChronicle.com, "Transbay still being transformed — and more towers are on the way," 3 Feb. 2020 Whether tired legs or just plain tired, Winston played without his usual zip and zest, front-rimming most of his shots and mistiming several of his pass attempts early. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State basketball shows it is more than the Cassius Winston show," 18 Jan. 2020 When the trail ended in a peak-rimmed basin at 11,000 feet, Aram found his old campsite easily. Natalie Krebs, Outdoor Life, "Elk Hunting a Secret Public-Land Spot in the Utah Backcountry," 17 Jan. 2020 Cowan rimmed out his first and wound up 0-for-3, as did Smith. Don Markus, baltimoresun.com, "Darryl Morsell comes off the bench, wakes up No. 7 Maryland in 95-71 opening win over Holy Cross," 5 Nov. 2019 The tables in the State Dining Room were laid with the Clinton’s yellow and gold Lenox china, gold vermeil flatware and gold rimmed wine glasses. Jura Koncius, Washington Post, "At the Trumps’ second state dinner, a garden party under the stars," 20 Sep. 2019 The artist prods and mottles it into a living thing, plagued with grays, rimmed with breaths of paler blue. BostonGlobe.com, "Wolf Kahn, celebrated painter of resplendent landscapes, dies at 92," 19 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of rim

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1621, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for rim

Noun

Middle English, from Old English rima; akin to Old Norse rimi strip of land

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The first known use of rim was in the 13th century

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29 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Rim.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rim. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for rim

rim

noun
How to pronounce rim (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of rim

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the outer edge of a usually round object
: the part of a wheel that the tire is put on

rim

verb

English Language Learners Definition of rim (Entry 2 of 2)

: to form or put a rim around (something)

rim

noun
\ ˈrim How to pronounce rim (audio) \

Kids Definition of rim

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an outer edge especially of something curved the rim of a plate
2 : the part of a wheel that the tire is mounted on

Other Words from rim

rimmed \ ˈrimd \ adjective a gold-rimmed glass

rim

verb
rimmed; rimming

Kids Definition of rim (Entry 2 of 2)

: to form a rim around Rocks rimmed the lake.

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