rim

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noun

1
a
: brink
b
: the outer often curved or circular edge or border of something
2
a
: 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
3
rimless adjective

rim

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verb

rimmed; rimming

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

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
Teams are prioritizing three-point attempts and shots at the rim more than ever before. Esfandiar Baraheni, Forbes, 17 Feb. 2024 Smudges and full rims of black shadow pulled focus at Helmut Lang, and at Alice + Olivia black-cat eyes came punctuated by a graphic white contrast. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, 15 Feb. 2024 Davis easily erased Jaden Ivey’s layup at the rim, Davis drew a foul, and on the next possession, D’Angelo Russell hit a three-pointer — the kind of sequence Davis has triggered all season. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 14 Feb. 2024 That’s helped to limit opponents to an NBA-low 14.2 shots from within the restricted area per game during this 4-1 stretch after opponents generated 23.3 shots at the rim per game during the seven-game skid. Anthony Chiang, Miami Herald, 10 Feb. 2024 Cover cardboard with batting, fold red felt up over batting, and hot-glue the cut edge onto inside rim of bucket. Amanda Kingloff, Parents, 2 Feb. 2024 After a few ups and downs and boulder-hopping sections (about 6 miles), the ridge ends at the east rim of Cascade Canyon. Idaho Statesman, 31 Jan. 2024 Moisten the rim of your favorite cocktail glass with a lime wedge and dip it in the salt. – Add the grapefruit juice, tequila, lime juice and agave to a cocktail shaker with ice. Corey Inscoe, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 The problem is the Heat’s roster doesn’t include many great finishers at the rim. Anthony Chiang, Miami Herald, 5 Feb. 2024
Verb
Strain into a chilled beer or pint glass rimmed with Tajin. John Metcalfe, The Mercury News, 31 Jan. 2024 Advertisement Then, who shows up on screen but Schiff, embroidered in blue, and Republican Steve Garvey, rimmed in red. Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times, 7 Feb. 2024 With 30 seconds remaining and the Pirates needing a 3-pointer to tie, Liberty’s defense forced Pittsburg into a deep long ball attempt that rimmed out. Nathan Canilao, The Mercury News, 7 Feb. 2024 The composition’s two main yellow forms are rimmed at the center by shading, subtly graduated to suggest volume. Washington Post, 25 Jan. 2024 From a neon labyrinth to a cave made out of plastic bags, the childlike wonder continued at the bar with my cocktail rimmed with Pop Rocks. Marlise Kast-Myers, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Dec. 2023 The Magic, who scored 20 second-chance points, had a chance to tie the game at the buzzer off an offensive rebound but Jalen Suggs shot rimmed out. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 31 Oct. 2023 The lake that rims the city is so pristine that bathers sometimes dip into the water directly from the city’s sidewalks and promenades. Thomas Fuller, New York Times, 6 Nov. 2023 The Magic, who scored 20 second-chance points, had a chance to force overtime at the buzzer off an offensive rebound, but Jalen Suggs’ shot rimmed out. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 31 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

1621, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of rim was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Rim.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rim. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

rim

1 of 2 noun
1
a
: an outer edge especially of something curved
2
: the outer part of a wheel joined to the hub usually by spokes
rimless adjective

rim

2 of 2 verb
rimmed; rimming
1
: to provide with a rim : serve as a rim for : border
2
: to run around the rim of
the putt rimmed the cup

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