\ˈrīm \

Definition of rime 

(Entry 1 of 3)

2 : an accumulation of granular ice tufts on the windward sides of exposed objects that is formed from supercooled fog or cloud and built out directly against the wind


rimed; riming

Definition of rime (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to cover with or as if with rime

rime, rimester

less common spellings of , rhymester

1a(1) : rhyming verse

(2) : poetry

b : a composition in verse that rhymes

2a : correspondence in terminal sounds of units of composition or utterance (such as two or more words or lines of verse)

b : one of two or more words thus corresponding in sound

c : correspondence of other than terminal word sounds: such as

(1) : alliteration

(2) : internal rhyme

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Synonyms for rime

Synonyms: Noun

frost, hoar, hoarfrost

Synonyms: Verb

cake, crust, encrust (also incrust)

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Examples of rime in a Sentence


a heavy coating of rime rime on the bedroom window after a bitterly cold night

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Hard rime is just that — very hard and nearly impossible to shake off the branches. Angela Fritz, Washington Post, "How this fascinating, needlelike ice formed in the D.C. region last night," 16 Jan. 2018 What starts in the clouds as snow can fall as sleet, rain, freezing rain, or even graupel (snowflakes pocked with rime ice). Geoff Fox, Slate Magazine, "Why Are We So Bad at Predicting How Much Snow We’ll Get?," 3 Jan. 2018 At the time the soft rime formed in Warrenton, the temperatures was 26 degrees and the dew point was 23. Angela Fritz, Washington Post, "How this fascinating, needlelike ice formed in the D.C. region last night," 16 Jan. 2018 Other effects may include dense fog and rime icing in winter. Tom Skilling, chicagotribune.com, "Ask Tom: Do nearby nuclear plant cooling lakes affect my area's weather?," 21 July 2017

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First Known Use of rime


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1755, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rime


Middle English rim, from Old English hrīm; akin to Old Norse hrīm frost

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The first known use of rime was before the 12th century

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