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 \ ˈrim-​ləs How to pronounce rim (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 The ball rattled around the rim and flew out, capping a 2-for-14 USD performance from deep in the opening 20 minutes. Don Norcross, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Toreros falter down stretch in loss to Nevada," 14 Dec. 2020 Some are better shooting, some are better around the rim, some are better ball handling, some are better on defense. Edward Lee, baltimoresun.com, "UMBC men’s basketball leans on defense to pull away for 66-49 victory at Coppin State," 13 Dec. 2020 What made the dunk even more memorable was Avila adding some style points at the end by pulling his head above the basket while his hands were wrapped around the rim. Pat Disabato, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Highlights from a truncated 2020? A jaw-dropping slam dunk. A mammoth drive in boys golf. A birdie run in girls golf.," 11 Dec. 2020 Dickinson, named the Big Ten's Freshman of the Week on Monday, continued to display soft touch around the rim and was a difference-maker on both ends of the court. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan basketball blows out Toledo, 91-71, in nonconference finale, lose Austin Davis," 10 Dec. 2020 Thin slivers of almonds provide a delicate counterpunch to the coffee, and it is all brought together with the molasses crunch of coarse brown sugar around the rim. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Cookies make the holidays merry: 5 great recipes," 9 Dec. 2020 And the Bisons' luck around the rim hasn't changed. Scottie Bordelon, Arkansas Online, "Arkansas hammers Lipscomb for 4th win," 6 Dec. 2020 Trim the edges by running the rolling pin over the top (this will also have the effect of crushing some of the pastry around the rim). Bill Buford, The New Yorker, "A French Answer to American Apple Pie," 19 Nov. 2020 This is a powerful post player with nice touch around the rim, a burgeoning offensive arsenal, enough strength to bang with some of the league’s top big men, good defensive instincts and solid passing ability for his position. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Warriors consider trading No. 2 pick to Bulls for Wendell Carter, No. 4 pick," 18 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Swipe a lowball glass with a wedge of lime then rim with Tajin seasoning. Ying Chu, Marie Claire, "Billy Porter Wants You to Mask and Have a Drink With Him," 27 Oct. 2020 Butler had a corner 3 that would have given Miami the lead rim out with 3:05 left; Caldwell-Pope made a corner 3 at the other end seven seconds later and the Lakers were up 93-88. Tim Reynolds, SFChronicle.com, "Lakers top Heat, take 3-1 lead in NBA Finals," 6 Oct. 2020 The new masks are made out of 3D printed plastic and are rimmed with form-fitting silicone that helps the mask adhere to the face. AZCentral.com, "With a shortage of face masks, Phoenix hospital turns to 3D printing," 28 Apr. 2020 Prepare glass by moistening the rim with the lime wedge and run the moistened area of the glass in the rimming salt combination. Dallas News, "Dallas mobile mixologist launches cocktail e-book featuring quarantine-themed drinks," 24 Apr. 2020 The district plan envisions something more compelling — splitting the block rimmed by Howard, Main, Folsom and Beale streets into three horizontal zones, with a park bookended by housing complexes. John King, SFChronicle.com, "Transbay still being transformed — and more towers are on the way," 3 Feb. 2020 Whether tired legs or just plain tired, Winston played without his usual zip and zest, front-rimming most of his shots and mistiming several of his pass attempts early. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State basketball shows it is more than the Cassius Winston show," 18 Jan. 2020 When the trail ended in a peak-rimmed basin at 11,000 feet, Aram found his old campsite easily. Natalie Krebs, Outdoor Life, "Elk Hunting a Secret Public-Land Spot in the Utah Backcountry," 17 Jan. 2020 Cowan rimmed out his first and wound up 0-for-3, as did Smith. Don Markus, baltimoresun.com, "Darryl Morsell comes off the bench, wakes up No. 7 Maryland in 95-71 opening win over Holy Cross," 5 Nov. 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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The first known use of rim was in the 13th century

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Last Updated

13 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Rim.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rim. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for rim

rim

noun
How to pronounce rim (audio)

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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