\ ˈrīm How to pronounce rime (audio) \

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 rhyme, 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

Synonyms for rime

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of rime in a Sentence

Noun a heavy coating of rime rime on the bedroom window after a bitterly cold night
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Chunks of ice, rime, and andesite peel off cliff bands and pelt climbers, especially in warm conditions. Outside Online, 29 May 2022 Experience soon established the prevalence of propeller-icing hazards and the extraordinary tenacity of rime-ice formations. Aubrey O. Cookman, Popular Mechanics, 9 Sep. 2021 In this case, each bit of rime sparked a new crystal to form. Leslie Nemo, Scientific American, 11 Feb. 2021 The shape formed when a long and skinny flake was hit with frozen water droplets called rime. Leslie Nemo, Scientific American, 11 Feb. 2021 Freezing fog over the weekend created more beautiful displays of rime ice. Todd Nelson, Star Tribune, 10 Jan. 2021 Graupel is a snowflake that is completely enveloped in rime ice. Cameron Fields, cleveland, 17 Nov. 2020 Frozen rime lusters the grass; the sun, round as an orange and orange as hot-weather moons, balances on the horizon, burnishes the silvered winter woods. Danny Heitman, WSJ, 21 Dec. 2018 More significant, though, is the degree to which no story can break through the usual rime of news coverage the way Russia does. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, 18 July 2018 See More

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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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“Rime.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rime. Accessed 28 Sep. 2022.

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