rim

noun
\ ˈrim \

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 \ 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

Similarly, when a drop of watercolor paint dries, the pigment particles of color break outward, toward the rim of the drop. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Study: modern masters like Jackson Pollock were “intuitive physicists”," 26 Dec. 2018 Similar to a flute but with a wider bowl and rim, the tulip is a favorite among many sommeliers and champagne houses. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Everything You Need to Know About Brut Champagne," 21 Dec. 2018 From each sheet of pastry, cut out 2 circles that are each a ½-inch wider than the rim of the bowl. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "What’s on the Menu at the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards Dinner? Chicken Pot Pie, of Course," 6 Nov. 2018 Schär recently smashed the push-rim wheelchair world record at the 2018 Berlin Marathon last month. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "What You Need to Know Before Watching the 2018 New York City Marathon," 25 Oct. 2018 Fold overhang under itself to create a thicker rim of dough and crimp as desired. Woman's Day Test Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Cranberry-Pear Pecan Crumb Pie," 24 Oct. 2018 Oversized rims and a flashy gray and blue color scheme round out the aesthetics. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Camper vans get a race car makeover," 17 Aug. 2018 Earth is at the center of the coin; the nodes are the two points on the coin's rim that are on the same ecliptic plane as Earth. Joe Rao, Space.com, "Friday the 13th Eclipse Visible to Lucky Few," 11 July 2018 Roll dough into a rope, and place it around the rim of the pot. Catherine M. Allchin, The Seattle Times, "Packed with flavor and prettily potted, the traditional Alsatian stew baeckeoffe is rich wintertime comfort," 11 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Top everything with V8 Bloody Mary Mix and rim your glass lightly with Tajin. Alyse Whitney, Bon Appetit, "The 5 Best Bloody Mary Mixes—and How Bartenders Doctor Them Up," 12 Apr. 2018 After rimming the glass with sugar, Norman instructs me to add some fruit to the glass. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "Behind the Bar: I Bartended with a Legend at the Ritz-Carlton," 30 Mar. 2015 Line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper. Jade Zimmerman, Country Living, "Cranberry-Apple Hand Pies," 30 Oct. 2018 Usually, Eugenie opts for a darker eye look, rimming her lash lines in black liner while keeping the rest of her skin bare and neutral. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "Princess Eugenie's Wedding Makeup Is Flushed and Romantic," 12 Oct. 2018 His lips were stained with a raspberry lip tint, like the Etude House Dear Darling Water Gel Tint in PK002; his brows were filled in for bolder look, and a subtle brown shadow rimmed his lids for a more defined, brightening effect. 4. Devon Abelman, Allure, "See K-Pop Group GOT7's Best Hair and Makeup Looks from the New "Lullaby" Music Video," 17 Sep. 2018 Gently wrap dough around rolling pin and transfer to half of 15½ x 10½-inch rimmed baking sheet, placing 10-inch side of dough along longest side of pan and allowing dough to hang over 3 sides. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "How to Make a Crowd-Pleasing Pumpkin Slab Pie," 19 Oct. 2018 Bahama Breeze is filling its cups (and carefully rimming them with multicolored sugar) with the reggae punch — a mix of Bacardi Major Lazer Limited Edition Rum, triple sec, pineapple juice, strawberry and passion fruit. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Bahama Breeze's Reggae Fest promises special food, drink, music at restaurants," 29 June 2018 Koehler and Laudani said theyhave been together 15 years, and in each of those years have hiked the canyon together, often rim to rim, and even round trip in just under 23 hours. Alison Steinbach, azcentral, "Connecticut couple hikes into Grand Canyon to say 'I do'," 6 June 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 \

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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