\ 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


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

Other Words from rim


rimless \ ˈrim-​ləs How to pronounce rim (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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Indiana high school basketball fans are no strangers to the damage Pierce Thomas can do to the rim. Matthew Vantryon, The Indianapolis Star, 21 July 2022 Washington showed off a crafty knack for getting to the rim, using a nifty repertoire of floaters once getting there. Rahat Huq, Chron, 18 July 2022 But also, this is a very nice pass in the short roll to find Cockburn down low, despite being cut off on his way to the rim. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 July 2022 Sharpe slashed to the rim, while showing his range from behind the arc with several deep 3-pointers. Damon Brooks Jr., USA TODAY, 23 June 2022 So walk to the rim of the Grand Canyon today and gaze out at the wondrous beauty. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 June 2022 Jrue Holiday, while always an asset defensively, got to the rim at will but failed to convert when there. Morten Jensen, Forbes, 20 June 2022 Jackson has also focused on improving his ability to drive to the rim and finish more. Shreyas Laddha, Hartford Courant, 7 June 2022 Despite the fact that Nike Pool is filled to the rim and seemingly ready to open for a summer of aquatic fun, city officials announced yesterday (June 2) that the West Pleasant Valley Road venue won’t be opening this weekend as originally planned. John Benson, cleveland, 3 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Nevertheless, the 6-10 forward from Togo can rim protect, command a fast break and even hit a 3 or two. Shreyas Laddha, Hartford Courant, 9 June 2022 Sherman got a wide-open look to tie in the final seconds, and after a long rebounds Williams had an off-balance shot ultimately rim out. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, 5 Mar. 2022 The federal government has a similar Rigs to Reefs program, created in 1984, that runs in coordination with states that rim the Gulf of Mexico. Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times, 29 Nov. 2021 After Detroit forward Jerami Grant’s 3-point attempt hit back iron, Cory Joseph got the offensive rebound, only for Frank Jackson’s potentially game-tying 27-footer to rim out at the buzzer. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, 19 Nov. 2021 Rub edges of jelly jars with lime wedges and rim with chile-salt mixture. Marian Cooper Cairns And Mary Allen Perry, Country Living, 13 Oct. 2021 But his main objectives are to rim protect, score inside, and facilitate. oregonlive, 5 Oct. 2021 The salt forward-flavor makes this a nice contrast for limey drinks, so this is our pick to rim a margarita glass or dress a cold beer. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 16 June 2021 Fasten the blocks to the can through the top holes, then use a square held along the can's rim and the block's edge to align each block on the can's surface. James Schadewald, Popular Mechanics, 3 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of rim


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


1621, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for rim


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

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More Definitions for rim


\ 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


rimmed; rimming

Kids Definition of rim (Entry 2 of 2)

: to form a rim around Rocks rimmed the lake.

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