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

Show up in your tennies: At just under a mile, the Bowl Loop offers a pleasant, low impact stroll around the rim. Garrett Snyder, Los Angeles Magazine, "This Spectacular Park Is One of L.A.’s Most Undervalued Retreats," 31 May 2018 Fill a white wine glass to the rim with ice, top with your favorite Champagne, and pair with a game of pétanque. Madeleine Luckel, Vogue, "A Champagne Lover’s Guide to Hosting a Last-Minute Bastille Day Soirée," 13 July 2018 Vehicle theft 8900 block of Springtree Lake Drive in Sunrise, June 15, 5:43 a.m. Someone stole the stock tires and rims off a 2018 white Toyota Camry. Dan White, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Plantation, Sunrise area crime reports," 12 July 2018 Tillman, a sophomore, drained one from beyond the NBA arc while unguarded, and rattled in another that hit the front rim and dropped through the net with a shooter’s touch. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Can Michigan State's Xavier Tillman, Nick Ward stay on floor together?," 12 July 2018 Shooting range would significantly change how defenders must guard him, opening up the rim more. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "Hornets takeaways from Vegas on a trimmer Miles Bridges, a savvy Devonte Graham, more," 10 July 2018 It is described as having a lift kit, 20-inch black and silver rims, no cap and a loud muffler, police said. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Stranger entices girls in mid-day on Greenfield Avenue West Allis police looking for him," 10 July 2018 The Sixers also spoke to him finding way to get the rim for alley-oops if the play is there. Keith Pompey, Philly.com, "Patience remains key in Sixers' guard Zhaire Smith's growth," 7 July 2018 Interestingly, Trek will continue to make a rim-brake version of the frame. Fortune, "Want a Bike Fit for the Tour de France? It Will Cost You About $12,000," 6 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Even the single, round headlight is a real glass parabola, rimmed in polished aluminum. Fortune, "Is the Bigger, Beefier Ducati Scrambler 1100 the One for You?," 27 June 2018 In a nook towards the back wall sits a white bathtub rimmed with black tile. Louisville Courier Journal, The Courier-Journal, "Blast from the past: This Glenmary home is a collector's paradise," 28 June 2018 Mickelson's 18-foot birdie putt rimmed around the edge of the cup, and Thomas missed his par from just inside 10 feet. Doug Ferguson, Houston Chronicle, "Phil Mickelson ends longest drought with playoff win in Mexico," 4 Mar. 2018 All-Star DeMar DeRozan added 23 points and Serge Ibaka had 16 after a potential tying 3-pointer rimmed out late. USA TODAY, "Beal scores 25 in 2nd half as Wizards beat Raptors," 1 Feb. 2018 An 11-0 run that included Keita Bates-Diop throwing the ball over the scorer's table for a turnover and a Jackson 3 that rimmed out gave the Bulldogs the lead for good, and sent them to their fourth-straight Sweet 16. Bill Landis, cleveland.com, "Ohio State basketball season ends with 90-84 loss to Gonzaga in NCAA Tournament second round," 18 Mar. 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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