rim

noun
\ˈrim \

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 \-​ləs \ 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

Members of that last category include participants in the Grand 2 Grand Ultra (G2G), an annual 170-mile ultra race (an ultra distance is anything longer than 26.2 miles) that starts at the rim of the Grand Canyon and finishes at the Grand Staircase. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Pro Ultrarunner Jax Mariash Explains What It’s Like to Train for the 170-Mile Grand 2 Grand Ultra," 20 Sep. 2018 As predicted by bookmakers, Queen Elizabeth II wore a vibrant, lime green dress designed by Stewart Parvin with a matching neon green coat and hat, which is by Angela Kelly, decked out with purple flowers around the rim. Alex Warner, Marie Claire, "The Queen Wore a Bright, Neon Green Dress to the Royal Wedding," 19 May 2018 The other perched on the rim of a bathtub, legs spread. Sophie Ouellette-howitz, SELF, "This Is Why You Should Pay for Porn," 7 Nov. 2018 But Kaibab is a torpedo, launching from the rim and chasing a ridgeline down and out across the Canyon. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "10 best hikes in Arizona show off state's diverse scenery," 13 July 2018 Its garnishes extend about 7 inches up from the rim and 4 inches to the side. Thomas Vinciguerra, WSJ, "Waiter, There’s a Bloody Mary in My Chicken Dinner," 8 July 2018 The boy was playing basketball inside his family's home in St. Joseph County when a backboard, rim and support bracket ripped out of the wall Friday evening and struck him in the head, St. Joseph County Police Assistant Chief Bill Thompson said. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana teen dies after basketball backboard falls on him," 25 June 2018 And yet there was Cleveland with a chance to steal Game 1 on Thursday night, thanks to Smith's rebound four feet from the rim and a shot at a game-winning putback in the final seconds. Jacob Bogage, chicagotribune.com, "Analysis: Worst sports championship gaffes, from Bill Buckner to Chris Webber to J.R. Smith," 1 June 2018 The Sport’s new 19-inch wheel design is flush to the edge of the tire rim and very susceptible to curb rash. Mark Maynard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "2018 Honda Accord 2.0T: Near perfect, in an imperfect world," 1 June 2018

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Gently wrap dough around rolling pin and transfer to half of 15½ x 10½-inch rimmed baking sheet, placing 10-inch side of dough along longest side of pan and allowing dough to hang over 3 sides. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "How to Make a Crowd-Pleasing Pumpkin Slab Pie," 19 Oct. 2018 Bahama Breeze is filling its cups (and carefully rimming them with multicolored sugar) with the reggae punch — a mix of Bacardi Major Lazer Limited Edition Rum, triple sec, pineapple juice, strawberry and passion fruit. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Bahama Breeze's Reggae Fest promises special food, drink, music at restaurants," 29 June 2018 Koehler and Laudani said theyhave been together 15 years, and in each of those years have hiked the canyon together, often rim to rim, and even round trip in just under 23 hours. Alison Steinbach, azcentral, "Connecticut couple hikes into Grand Canyon to say 'I do'," 6 June 2018 In a wondrous landscape drawing in colored pencil and ballpoint pen (1970), Joseph Yoakum articulates a kind of visionary geology, where a band of men's bare torsos rim a lake. Leah Ollman, latimes.com, "This Candy Store wasn't a candy store: Remembering a California gallery that made art stars," 3 July 2018 His gaze took in the sun-beaten, gray adobe buildings, all one-story structures, that rimmed the vacant quadrangle. Erik Spanberg, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Elmore Leonard: Westerns' celebrates Leonard's mastery of the genre," 5 June 2018 After the shadow was done, the models' lower lash lines were rimmed with the Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eyeliner in Blacquer. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Models on the Marc Jacobs Fall 2018 Runway Wore Rainbow Bowl Cuts and Glittery Eyes," 14 Feb. 2018 The white dish is rimmed in gold and holds figs and blossoms — but also a snake and pesky flies. Leah Ollman, latimes.com, "The disturbing meets the sweet in Alex Anderson's new sculptures at Gavlak," 4 July 2018 Number 520 holds sugar; 375 and 2,213 are upturned on the dish-rack, drying; and 2,831 is half-filled with coffee and rimmed in lipstick. Alex Ronan, Vogue, "Meet the Berlin Artist Making a Million Porcelain Dishes Before She Dies," 1 July 2018

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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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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 \

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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