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 rimless (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 Simply cut the vine just below the node (where the leaf joins the stem), leaving two to three leafs at the top, and place several stems in water, or around the rim of a 3-inch pot. Los Angeles Times, "10 ways to bond with your houseplants while you’re at home," 26 Mar. 2020 The knee injury robbed him of his mobility and affected his ability to finish around the rim and make jumpers. Dana Gauruder, Detroit Free Press, "The best and worst of the 2019-20 Detroit Pistons: Our awards," 21 Mar. 2020 The ball bounced around the rim and fell in as the buzzer sounded. Alan Blinder, New York Times, "Still Want to Watch Basketball? College Coaches Know Where to Look," 20 Mar. 2020 His best path to early minutes is to fill the role Calipari tried to carve for Kahlil Whitney this season as a defender and rebounder who can finish around the rim. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "These recruits could be key players for Kentucky basketball next season," 17 Mar. 2020 Antetokounmpo then spotted up for a three-pointer and got a friendly roll as the ball spiraled around the rim before dropping through the net. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "After thinly-veiled shot from James Harden, Giannis' skills on full display against Thunder," 28 Feb. 2020 Rub the now-oily, yellow side of the peel all the way around the rim of the wine glass. Al Culliton, Bon Appétit, "A French 75 Will Make New Year's Feel Fancy, Even If You're Wearing Pajamas," 26 Dec. 2019 As Lloyd, Carrey’s sleek brown hair appears to have been cut around the rim of a bowl, most likely a sly homage to the Three Stooges’ Moe Howard. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "25 Years Later, Dumb and Dumber Is More Than Just the Gold Standard for Toilet Humor," 23 Dec. 2019 Freshman center Kofi Cockburn was a force around the rim all night, finishing with 19 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks. Shannon Ryan, chicagotribune.com, "Illinois takes down No. 5 Michigan 71-62 behind freshman Kofi Cockburn’s double-double," 11 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The artist prods and mottles it into a living thing, plagued with grays, rimmed with breaths of paler blue. BostonGlobe.com, "Wolf Kahn, celebrated painter of resplendent landscapes, dies at 92," 19 Mar. 2020 The Bear Lake trailhead leads to the popular subalpine lake and the Cub Lake trail, which takes hikers through 2.3 miles of autumn color before opening up at a mountain pond rimmed with amber grass. Kate Wertheimer, Sunset Magazine, "National Parks Will Be Free These Five Days in 2020–Here’s Where to Go When," 17 Jan. 2020 The white hat seemed to be modeled in a cowboy style, and had an edge rimmed with what appeared to be diamonds or rhinestones in a dripping fashion, covering her eyes. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, "Ellie Goulding Dallas Cowboys' halftime show: Fans are not fans of her 'lampshade' look," 29 Nov. 2019 Here, the modern concert hall, rimmed in blond wood, can pack in almost 800 for orchestral performances, chamber music, jazz, and modern dance almost every night of the week. Noah Kaufman, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Surprisingly Cool City Hiding in the Middle of Canadian Wine Country," 24 Jan. 2020 Line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper or grease non-stick baking sheets. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are hearty enough to get you through the school (or work) week," 23 Jan. 2020 Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with a nonstick baking mat or parchment paper. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Strawberry-Oatmeal Cookies," 22 Jan. 2020 McAvoy appeared to have control of the rock behind the goal line, recovering it after Halak’s sloppy attempt to make a stop back there on a puck rimmed in along right wing from center ice. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, "Lead story: Bruins waste another three-goal advantage, fall to Penguins," 19 Jan. 2020 Line two rimmed baking sheets with aluminum foil and set a wire rack on top of each. NBC News, "Cut the sugar and fat with these oven-baked Korean chicken wings," 8 Jan. 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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29 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Rim.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rim. Accessed 30 Mar. 2020.

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More Definitions for rim

rim

noun
How to pronounce rim (audio)

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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