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 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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The water boiled over the rim of the kettle, marking the end of the fish boil cooking process. Mike De Sisti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 17 June 2021 The other half, carrying DuAxel rovers designed by JPL, would split off and land at the crater’s rim. Chris Wright, Wired, 15 June 2021 Check out the wheel rim, for instance, of a Ducati motorcycle. Los Angeles Times, 15 June 2021 During that stretch, Leonard made a pair of reverse layups, floaters near the rim and pull-up jumpers. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, 13 June 2021 Federal scientists have warned that mining near the Okefenokee’s bowl-like rim could damage the swamp’s ability to hold water. orlandosentinel.com, 10 June 2021 But with no room for error, Berrettini found the groove on his serve and had Djokovic lunging just to get the rim of his racket on the ball. New York Times, 9 June 2021 This Edge 1613 style is inspired by the brand's sports heritage, and beautifully combines the finesse of stainless steel with the modern twist of a subtle acetate rim. Joseph Deacetis, Forbes, 8 June 2021 The Cloos x Brady Hermosa, a classic broad rim frame with wire top-bar detailing, is named after the star’s favorite beach destination in Costa Rica. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 7 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Forests of tall, thick trees, such as those that rim parts of the northern Gulf coast, can weaken a hurricane. David Fleshler, sun-sentinel.com, 12 June 2021 Spieth looked at the tops of the Georgia pines that rim the hole, looked at the yellow flag on the green, looked at the ripples in Rae’s Creek, looked left at the flag on 11. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Apr. 2021 The Spurs believe Dieng can help them with his 3-point shot and rim protection off the bench. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, 5 Apr. 2021 JD Notae fouled on the way to rim; Jalen Tate was stripped by Matthew Mayer. Michael Mccleary, The Indianapolis Star, 30 Mar. 2021 As the team learns to play instinctively instead of thinking about the correct rotation, perhaps those shots start to rim out and become Pelicans’ rebounds. Christopher Dodson, Forbes, 11 Mar. 2021 To get from Los Angeles to our west-coast testing venue in the Mojave Desert requires a choice: Take the freeways to go around the San Gabriel Mountains that rim L.A., or drive right over them via Angeles Crest and Angeles Forest highways. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, 12 Feb. 2021 With Green threading low-angle bounce passes to cutters, weak-side lobs to rim runners and quick swing passes to shooters, the Warriors used a 23-8 run to seize a 15-point lead late in the third quarter. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 Feb. 2021 Swipe a lowball glass with a wedge of lime then rim with Tajin seasoning. Ying Chu, Marie Claire, 27 Oct. 2020

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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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Last Updated

18 Jun 2021

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“Rim.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rim. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for rim

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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