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 Within moments, scout bees from the queen’s original colony lit on the rim of the woodpecker burrow. National Geographic, "Photos from inside a tree reveal intimate lives of wild honeybees," 8 Feb. 2020 The Warriors almost sent the game to overtime as Juvaris Hayes’s driving layup attempt right before the buzzer rolled off after hanging tantalizingly on the rim for a second. BostonGlobe.com, "“I like this team, I really do. This is one of my most favorite teams I’ve had. There’s been some challenges . . . but I do like who they are.’’," 1 Jan. 2020 Despite his new focus on the rim, McCormick hasn’t lost his ability to create opportunities for his teammates. Giana Han, al, "Three takeaways from Auburn’s 10th win of its undefeated season," 19 Dec. 2019 But the ball bounced twice on the rim and fell off where Kerry Blackshear Jr. grabbed it for the Gators, got fouled and made both free throws for the final margin. Pete Iacobelli, orlandosentinel.com, "Keyontae Johnson leads Gators to win over No. 18 Xavier in Charleston Classic championship," 24 Nov. 2019 Strain into a chilled Georgian cocktail glass or coupe and garnish with an orange slice and dried pineapple slice on the rim. Los Angeles Times, "Drink Me: L.A. is having a mezcal moment. This is the drink to try," 18 Oct. 2019 Many micheladas include tomato juice or Clamato, the tomato-clam combo, and use chile powder on the rim. Fielding Buck, The Mercury News, "Are Micheladas the new margaritas?," 11 Sep. 2019 Compare stippling the pages with water spots, unable to put your arms down, with balancing an ashtray on the rim of the tub, unable to put one arm down. Garnett Kilberg Cohen, The New Yorker, "My Life in Smoke," 25 Aug. 2019 The tire came off the vehicle and rolled into the side of the Fresh Thyme building, but the driver continued to drive on the rim despite officers’ attempt to stop the vehicle. cleveland.com, "Woman flees from officers after tire rolls off vehicle: Mayfield Heights Police Blotter," 14 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Ramshackle tent encampments now rim much of the farming fields and olive and fig groves that extend along the Turkish border. Raja Abdulrahim, WSJ, "Syrian Government Captures Strategic Town in Last Opposition Stronghold," 29 Jan. 2020 Josh Ajayi’s shot rimmed out, and Marquis Eaton hit a pair of free throws with 14 seconds left to give the Red Wolves (14-7, 6-4) a three-point lead at 74-71. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "South Alabama rally falls short at Arkansas State, 75-71," 24 Jan. 2020 At Mission Control in Houston, young men in horn rimmed glasses and crewcuts sent commands to spacecraft heading for the Moon. The Economist, "Can technology plan economies and destroy democracy?," 18 Dec. 2019 Some in Game 2 simply rimmed out: Should the tactic continue, Cook—a bit player under most normal circumstances—will prove valuable. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "When It Comes to Defenses, Stephen Curry Has Seen It All," 4 June 2019 Coat rimmed baking sheet with 1 tablespoon oil, then add radishes, cut sides down, and drizzle with remaining tablespoon oil. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Miso-Glazed Radishes," 30 Apr. 2019 But perhaps celebration is always rimmed with portent — then as much as now. Meara Sharma, New York Times, "How to Eat Dinner Like the Last Citizens of Pompeii," 24 Dec. 2019 The square is rimmed by businesses with deep roots: Original Joe’s, Victoria Pastry, the Italian Athletic Club, Mario’s Bohemian Cigar Store Cafe, the Liguria bakery. Carl Nolte, SFChronicle.com, "Of all San Francisco’s special places, North Beach remains the heart of the city," 21 Dec. 2019 But their bases were rimmed by shallow, spindly roots which probably lived only a year or two before the trees replaced them—nothing like the vast network supporting their Archaeopteris relatives. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "The World’s Oldest Forest Has 385-Million-Year-Old Tree Roots," 20 Dec. 2019

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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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16 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Rim.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rim. Accessed 19 Feb. 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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