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

Rudy Gobert completely stifled Team USA in the fourth quarter on Wednesday, deterring the Americans at the rim at every turn. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "Team USA’s Backup Squad Finally Falls in FIBA World Cup," 11 Sep. 2019 At the rim, a sheer drop-off unsettles the nerves while expansive views of the wild canyon assault the senses like a rogue tidal wave. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "Sycamore Canyon hike has dramatic views, but don't venture over the edge unprepared," 11 Sep. 2019 The tires and rims on a white 2019 Buick Enclave were reported stolen June 3 while it was parked in a dealership offsite lot in the 1500 block of West Dundee Road. Pioneer Press, chicagotribune.com, "2 arrests among 11 reports of theft in Arlington Heights: Police," 9 June 2019 The two men knocked the employee to the ground and took the tires and rims. Hanna Krueger, NOLA.com, "4th local Boost Mobile store in a month robbed in 1 of 6 robberies," 26 Apr. 2018 Wildly fluctuating temperatures and harsh winter weather have led to deeply pockmarked roads that have destroyed enough tires, rims and other auto parts to make repair shops work overtime. USA TODAY, "Two guys were tired of waiting for the city to fill potholes, so they're doing it themselves," 8 Apr. 2018 Wildly fluctuating temperatures and harsh winter weather have led to deeply pockmarked roads that have destroyed enough tires, rims and other auto parts to make repair shops work overtime. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "Two guys tired of waiting for the city to fill potholes, so they're doing it themselves," 7 Apr. 2018 The couple drove to a Laurel motel and stored the tires and rims in their motel room. Kate Elizabeth Queram, Howard County Times, "Columbia man sentenced for string of tire and rim thefts," 20 Mar. 2018 In basketball, for example, the numbers suggest that Mr Curry’s supremacy on distant three-point shots comes from releasing the ball more quickly than his rivals and propelling it higher, which makes the downward angle to the rim more forgiving. J.t., The Economist, "Steve Smith’s batting shows that sporting genius can be learned," 17 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Back in Pérez’s hometown of San Marcos, there are restaurants, schools, stores and a picturesque central plaza rimmed by misty mountains. Washington Post, "Central Americans pursue US dream despite Mexico crackdown," 11 June 2019 Jumpers are rimming out: Both teams have missed a total of six threes to start the game. Marc Stein, New York Times, "The Raptors Won Game 4 and Are 1 Win From an N.B.A. Championship," 7 June 2019 Xerxes is depicted as an androgyne sybarite, his brooding eyes rimmed with kohl, his lips, nose, and ears all pierced with rings linked by delicate golden chains. Myke Cole, The New Republic, "The Sparta Fetish Is a Cultural Cancer," 1 Aug. 2019 Each glass is rimmed and garnished with sweet orange candy. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "Minnesota State Fair announces new beers, drinks for this year," 29 July 2019 Spray rimmed baking sheet with vegetable oil spray. Washington Post, "Can you have a Baja-style fish taco with just veggies? Sure," 22 July 2019 The glass is rimmed in Fruity Pebbles, shiny like the Christmas lights in Joyce’s living room. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Eleven tasty ways to celebrate 'Stranger Things' Season 3 in Indianapolis," 1 July 2019 There’s a feeling of dampness to her depictions of the islands that rim the Pacific Ocean and the sense of remoteness is perfectly captured. David James, Anchorage Daily News, "These books will keep kids reading this summer - and discovering Alaska in the process," 6 July 2019 The fishery owes its high quality to the fine littoral habitat rimming much of the reservoir’s shoreline and management efforts that have included conservative fishing regulations. Shannon Tompkins, ExpressNews.com, "Fish in a barrel, or how to spawn cats in a small lake," 6 June 2019

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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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