\ ˈskrim How to pronounce scrim (audio) \

Definition of scrim

1 : a durable plain-woven usually cotton fabric for use in clothing, curtains, building, and industry
2 : a theater drop that appears opaque when a scene in front is lighted and transparent or translucent when a scene in back is lighted
3 : something likened to a theater scrim

Examples of scrim in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The cloth grid, or scrim, ultimately influences the tape's strength, flexibility, and tearability. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Things to Keep in Mind When Buying Duct Tape," 11 Nov. 2020 With chilling casualness, Krauss conveys the murderous realities lurking behind the scrim of social surfaces, that young women routinely face. Washington Post, "Reading Nicole Krauss’s ‘To Be a Man’ feels like talking all night with a brilliant friend," 5 Nov. 2020 This White House is all facade: a scrim crafted out of scraps of white vinyl sewn together by hand to create a crude, one-dimensional approximation of the U.S. president’s home. Los Angeles Times, "Essential Arts: A White House that is — literally — all facade," 31 Oct. 2020 One of the big plot lines is using the scrim for the show and girls not wanting to be seen changing by the audience. Jessica Iredale, Town & Country, "Isaac Mizrahi's Unzipped at 25: Y’aren’t Ever Gonna See a Fashion Documentary Like This Again," 18 Oct. 2020 At Conservatory Water, placid chimes gently puncture a scrim of calm strings. Washington Post, "‘Soundwalk’ turns Central Park into an intoxicating musical adventure," 23 Sep. 2020 None of it could account for the light in the Bay Area on Wednesday, September 9th: a dark, ochre stain, like a scrim over the sunrise, that deepened as the day wore on. Anna Wiener, The New Yorker, "The Crisis in the Skies of San Francisco," 11 Sep. 2020 The Transcriptworld that’s emerging is a decoy, a scrim placed over the complex machinery that slices and dices personal data to multiple ends, invisible to us. Jonathan Zittrain, The Atlantic, "A World Without Privacy Will Revive the Masquerade," 7 Feb. 2020 Over those same 15 years, Irwin had been deploying ever more complex variations on long color-saturated fluorescent light shafts vertically mounted in varying configurations against white walls or translucent scrim expanses. Lawrence Weschler, New York Times, "Robert Irwin’s Ambient Odyssey," 13 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of scrim

1793, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for scrim

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“Scrim.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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