\ 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

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Beneath the scrim of more routine teen fare — detentions, the snitch at school known as Jenny Joyce (Leah O’Rourke), the slightly dreamy Protestant boys from a rival school, the prom, etc. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Netflix’s Derry Girls is the best teen show out right now," 14 Aug. 2019 The director — who’s taking on Shakespeare here for the first time — also interpolates scenes of Duke Frederick and Co. back in court, conceived ingeniously (via what resemble film vignettes) behind the scrim that bears the Fragonard painting. James Hebert, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘As You Like It’ zips along with elegance and wit in Old Globe’s Shakespeare Festival opener," 23 June 2019 Without that scrim, all is void; one long drop, without a single surface to claw at or reference, as much in our own eyes as in the abyss. Lisa Wells, Harper's magazine, "Nightmares at 20,000 Feet," 10 Apr. 2019 For this song, the female lifeguard emerges from behind the scrim, holding a set of dog tags. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "‘The Good Swimmer’ Review: A Vietnam Metaphor," 30 Nov. 2018 The film culminates with a fashion show at which models tantalizingly change clothes behind a semi-sheer scrim, which is sort of a metaphor for Mizrahi’s longtime m.o. Vogue, "Isaac Mizrahi’s New Memoir, I.M., Is No Frockumentary—And the Better for It," 26 Feb. 2019 The difference is that whereas Adams and Strand printed their images with considerable contrast, Mr. Bey’s are seen through a dark scrim. William Meyers, WSJ, "‘Dawoud Bey: Night Coming Tenderly, Black’ Review: Out of Darkness," 14 Jan. 2019 Photographer Peter Steinhauer’s book Cocoons beautifully captures rising towers wrapped in monochromatic construction scrims. Mark Lamster, Curbed, "2018 in architecture: The good, the bad, and the urbanism," 27 Dec. 2018 But perhaps the biggest backstage upgrade is a new fly system to lower scrims and backdrops onto the stage. Malcolm Gay,, "After renovations, grand old Colonial Theatre prepares to open doors," 4 June 2018

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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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