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 \ -​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

Once again, Williamson and Duke were at the mercy of an opponent’s last-second shot at the rim. Howard Fendrich, The Seattle Times, "Zion, Duke avoid upset, edge Virginia Tech 75-73 in NCAAs," 30 Mar. 2019 The sparks from metal chasses and rims cover the track with the light of 1,000 angle grinders. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "One Day at Daytona," 22 Mar. 2019 On International Women’s Day 2016, Singleton made the final push to Stella Point, the rim of the summit of Kilimanjaro—18,885 ft into the clouds and just a few hundred feet shy of the mountain’s highest peak. Kathleen Rellihan, Glamour, "Who Says Plus-Size Women Can't Climb Kilimanjaro?," 8 Mar. 2019 Waiters walked the room, armed with glasses of red wine, bubbling prosecco, and a buttered rum cocktail with a popcorn rim. Monica Kim, Vogue, "Bella! Diplo! Davika! Suho! Bulgari Goes Global for Bzero1’s Fantastic Roman Festa," 20 Feb. 2019 The upper floors of the building have wide verandas, the lower level leads out onto a fragrant herb garden, and rim-flow pool and terrace for sunbathing and al fresco dining. Jane Broughton, Condé Nast Traveler, "16 Best Hotels in Cape Town," 14 Sep. 2018 Run the pith side of an orange peel around the rim of the glass. Francine Maroukian, Popular Mechanics, "What Is Aquavit, and Why Are They Suddenly Making Scandinavian Booze in Colorado?," 24 Feb. 2019 Not just a springy, full-of-potential type like Jordan Bell or Damian Jones, but someone who does it all: shoots from the outside with confidence, clever passer, understands the cuts and screens, rebounds, protects the rim. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "As the Warriors go their way, the big men multiply," 23 June 2018 Everybody’s looking for athletes and looking for guys that can protect the rim, rebound and obviously catch lobs. Clevis Murray, azcentral, "Phoenix Suns fans, players see a bright future with Deandre Ayton in the Valley," 21 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

An oversize woven clutch rimmed with fringe and accented with multicolored pom-poms embodies that exotic vibe, and fits all your essentials, too. Vogue, "5 Spring Essentials to Stock Up On," 19 Mar. 2019 The mom-to-be's hair was in a low bun while her makeup with soft and pretty with some eyeliner rimmed around her eyes. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Wears Custom Carolina Herrera to Meet the King of Morocco with Prince Harry," 25 Feb. 2019 The backyard is just as private, with hedges surrounding a stone-rimmed pool and spa. Jack Flemming, latimes.com, "Selena Gomez seeks $2.8 million for refreshed Studio City home," 7 June 2018 Shake well and strain into a martini glass (rim the glass with a blood orange wedge and sugar). Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "5 cocktails for your Royal Wedding watch party," 18 May 2018 Wrigley once rose majestically, like a medieval cathedral, above the humble jumble of three-flats and stores that rimmed it. Blair Kamin, chicagotribune.com, "Around Wrigley Field, a high-stakes urban design drama plays out as buildings fall and rise," 6 Apr. 2018 Top everything with V8 Bloody Mary Mix and rim your glass lightly with Tajin. Alyse Whitney, Bon Appetit, "The 5 Best Bloody Mary Mixes—and How Bartenders Doctor Them Up," 12 Apr. 2018 After rimming the glass with sugar, Norman instructs me to add some fruit to the glass. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "Behind the Bar: I Bartended with a Legend at the Ritz-Carlton," 30 Mar. 2015 Line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper. Jade Zimmerman, Country Living, "Cranberry-Apple Hand Pies," 30 Oct. 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 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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