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

But Kaibab is a torpedo, launching from the rim and chasing a ridgeline down and out across the Canyon. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "10 best hikes in Arizona show off state's diverse scenery," 13 July 2018 Its garnishes extend about 7 inches up from the rim and 4 inches to the side. Thomas Vinciguerra, WSJ, "Waiter, There’s a Bloody Mary in My Chicken Dinner," 8 July 2018 The boy was playing basketball inside his family's home in St. Joseph County when a backboard, rim and support bracket ripped out of the wall Friday evening and struck him in the head, St. Joseph County Police Assistant Chief Bill Thompson said. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana teen dies after basketball backboard falls on him," 25 June 2018 And yet there was Cleveland with a chance to steal Game 1 on Thursday night, thanks to Smith's rebound four feet from the rim and a shot at a game-winning putback in the final seconds. Jacob Bogage, chicagotribune.com, "Analysis: Worst sports championship gaffes, from Bill Buckner to Chris Webber to J.R. Smith," 1 June 2018 The Sport’s new 19-inch wheel design is flush to the edge of the tire rim and very susceptible to curb rash. Mark Maynard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "2018 Honda Accord 2.0T: Near perfect, in an imperfect world," 1 June 2018 Durant headed for the rim and a raucous Toyota Center crowd held its breath – a pause immediately followed by a burst of relief from the fans. Brent Zwerneman, Houston Chronicle, "Rockets' Clint Capela breaks through in Game 5 against Warriors," 25 May 2018 Matthews hoisted a 3-pointer toward the rim, and the shot swished through as the final buzzer sounded. Nestor Ramos, BostonGlobe.com, "Welcome to the world of legal sports betting. Who’s ready to lose some money?," 17 May 2018 Instead of standing on the perimeter and heaving up long 3-pointers, Love is setting up near the rim and scoring in the low post. Terry Pluto, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Cavaliers sweeping victory reason to be excited -- Terry Pluto (photos)," 7 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 In a wondrous landscape drawing in colored pencil and ballpoint pen (1970), Joseph Yoakum articulates a kind of visionary geology, where a band of men's bare torsos rim a lake. Leah Ollman, latimes.com, "This Candy Store wasn't a candy store: Remembering a California gallery that made art stars," 3 July 2018 His gaze took in the sun-beaten, gray adobe buildings, all one-story structures, that rimmed the vacant quadrangle. Erik Spanberg, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Elmore Leonard: Westerns' celebrates Leonard's mastery of the genre," 5 June 2018 After the shadow was done, the models' lower lash lines were rimmed with the Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eyeliner in Blacquer. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Models on the Marc Jacobs Fall 2018 Runway Wore Rainbow Bowl Cuts and Glittery Eyes," 14 Feb. 2018 The white dish is rimmed in gold and holds figs and blossoms — but also a snake and pesky flies. Leah Ollman, latimes.com, "The disturbing meets the sweet in Alex Anderson's new sculptures at Gavlak," 4 July 2018 Number 520 holds sugar; 375 and 2,213 are upturned on the dish-rack, drying; and 2,831 is half-filled with coffee and rimmed in lipstick. Alex Ronan, Vogue, "Meet the Berlin Artist Making a Million Porcelain Dishes Before She Dies," 1 July 2018 Even the single, round headlight is a real glass parabola, rimmed in polished aluminum. Fortune, "Is the Bigger, Beefier Ducati Scrambler 1100 the One for You?," 27 June 2018 In a nook towards the back wall sits a white bathtub rimmed with black tile. Louisville Courier Journal, The Courier-Journal, "Blast from the past: This Glenmary home is a collector's paradise," 28 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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