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 \ -​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

Tillie, Rui Hachimura and Corey Kispert also provided rim protection at times. Jim Meehan, The Seattle Times, "Brandon Clarke put on a superhuman display to help Gonzaga advance to the Sweet 16. Can he keep it up?," 24 Mar. 2019 The Kings could use another rim protector, as they were tied for 25th with 4.1 blocks per game last season. Jason Jones, sacbee, "Do the Kings have too many bigs to draft Marvin Bagley III? Not so fast | The Sacramento Bee," 18 May 2018 Without a regular rim-protector in the pivot, others will surely pound it down low and slow the pace down when and if the Warriors advance. Al Saracevic, San Francisco Chronicle, "Warriors win, but still missing Curry and consistency," 16 Apr. 2018 The Cavs really don't have a rim protector, but James' playoff blocks increase to over one per game and his steals to incrementally closer to two per game. Bill Livingston, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Cavaliers 2018: Playoff LeBron must shore up the leaky defense -- Bill Livingston (photos)," 15 Apr. 2018 His ability to block shots and serve as a rim protector was badly needed and effective. Manny Navarro, miamiherald, "Maybe a playoff series against LeBron James and these Cavs is what Heat needs | Miami Herald," 28 Mar. 2018 Once again, Williamson and Duke were at the mercy of an opponent’s last-second shot at the rim. Howard Fendrich, The Seattle Times, "Zion, Duke avoid upset, edge Virginia Tech 75-73 in NCAAs," 30 Mar. 2019 The sparks from metal chasses and rims cover the track with the light of 1,000 angle grinders. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "One Day at Daytona," 22 Mar. 2019 On International Women’s Day 2016, Singleton made the final push to Stella Point, the rim of the summit of Kilimanjaro—18,885 ft into the clouds and just a few hundred feet shy of the mountain’s highest peak. Kathleen Rellihan, Glamour, "Who Says Plus-Size Women Can't Climb Kilimanjaro?," 8 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The rich, satiny gold, bronze, and pewter shadows that rimmed his lash lines glimmered whenever the light hit his eyes. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Why Taemin Won't Apologize For His Androgynous Aesthetic Anymore," 15 Mar. 2019 Transfer eggplant and onions to rimmed and baking sheet and let cool slightly. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, "Cook’s Trick: Go Ahead and Overdo It," 7 Sep. 2018 In Game 2, the Storm put Stewart in position to hit a potential game-winner in the final seconds, but her mid-range baseline jumper rimmed out. Percy Allen, The Seattle Times, "Storm legend Lauren Jackson has a message for Breanna Stewart before Game 5: ‘Get it done’," 3 Sep. 2018 An oversize woven clutch rimmed with fringe and accented with multicolored pom-poms embodies that exotic vibe, and fits all your essentials, too. Vogue, "5 Spring Essentials to Stock Up On," 19 Mar. 2019 The mom-to-be's hair was in a low bun while her makeup with soft and pretty with some eyeliner rimmed around her eyes. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Wears Custom Carolina Herrera to Meet the King of Morocco with Prince Harry," 25 Feb. 2019 The backyard is just as private, with hedges surrounding a stone-rimmed pool and spa. Jack Flemming, latimes.com, "Selena Gomez seeks $2.8 million for refreshed Studio City home," 7 June 2018 Shake well and strain into a martini glass (rim the glass with a blood orange wedge and sugar). Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "5 cocktails for your Royal Wedding watch party," 18 May 2018 Wrigley once rose majestically, like a medieval cathedral, above the humble jumble of three-flats and stores that rimmed it. Blair Kamin, chicagotribune.com, "Around Wrigley Field, a high-stakes urban design drama plays out as buildings fall and rise," 6 Apr. 2018

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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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rim

noun

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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