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

His sledgehammer slams were good for college, but Williamson wants to be known for more than his above-the-rim game in the pros. Brian Mahoney, The Denver Post, "Zion Williamson the center of attention at NBA draft," 19 June 2019 The 6-5 Brewer is unproven as a perimeter shooter, but long and active and can play above the rim. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "HS notebook: How tweak to IHSAA tournament success factor affects sectional realignment," 18 June 2019 The 26-year-old Davis has everything a modern big man needs: a seven-and-a-half-foot-wingspan, dexterous touch at the rim or on the perimeter, an ability to leave the floor faster than everyone around him. Robert O'connell, The Atlantic, "Anthony Davis and LeBron James Are Uniquely Suited to Win," 17 June 2019 Now the 26-year-old Davis, a six-time All-Star, will bring his dynamic, up-tempo, above-the-rim play to Hollywood alongside the 34-year-old James, a three-time NBA champion and Finals regular. Brett Martel, chicagotribune.com, "Lakers acquire Anthony Davis from the Pelicans in a deal that includes Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and 3 first-round picks," 15 June 2019 He wasn’t asked to score, but Birch showed the ability to run the floor and convert baskets in transition (with layups and dunks) and an effectiveness in getting to the basket and finishing at the rim in the pick-and-roll game. Roy Parry, orlandosentinel.com, "Magic center Khem Birch raised his game in 2018-19," 9 June 2019 Once regulations were complete, air tours would be restricted to a limited number of flights and paths over the park and required to stay thousands of feet above the canyon rim. Annette Mcgivney, Outside Online, "300 Flights Through the Grand Canyon's Helicopter Alley," 24 May 2018 The Pels could also use a rim protector and back-up point guard. Jeff Duncan, nola.com, "Anthony Davis trade creates endless possibilities, bright future for Pelicans," 16 June 2019 Leonard—6 feet, 7 inches tall and 230 pounds, with wide hands and a stony expression—took two hard dribbles to the rim, jump-stopped, and rose for a layup, but the Warriors center Kevon Looney arrived to deliver a hard foul. Robert O'connell, The Atlantic, "The Toronto Raptors Were Ready," 14 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 In the final seconds, Leonard rose up from the right baseline and rimmed in what immediately became the most important jumper in Canadian history. New York Times, "The Raptors’ Journey to the Top of the N.B.A.," 14 June 2019 Leading lady Judith Light, who takes home the Isabelle Stevenson Award, arrived in a sparkling Badgley Mischka frock with eyes rimmed in a smoky, kohl liner. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Looks From the 2019 Tony Awards," 10 June 2019 The rich, satiny gold, bronze, and pewter shadows that rimmed his lash lines glimmered whenever the light hit his eyes. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Why Taemin Won't Apologize For His Androgynous Aesthetic Anymore," 15 Mar. 2019 Transfer eggplant and onions to rimmed and baking sheet and let cool slightly. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, "Cook’s Trick: Go Ahead and Overdo It," 7 Sep. 2018 In Game 2, the Storm put Stewart in position to hit a potential game-winner in the final seconds, but her mid-range baseline jumper rimmed out. Percy Allen, The Seattle Times, "Storm legend Lauren Jackson has a message for Breanna Stewart before Game 5: ‘Get it done’," 3 Sep. 2018 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

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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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