\ ˈskrim \

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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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 To this, set designer David Rockwell adds a scrim and several moving, rotating panels. Daryl H. Miller,, "Review: 'On Your Feet!,' the Gloria and Emilio Estefan story, sets rhythms in irresistible motion," 11 July 2018 Random cheers became an enveloping roar as four crosses appeared projected on a see-through scrim above the stage, spinning 180 degrees slowly until inverted. Courtney Devores, charlotteobserver, "More an event than an everyday concert, Slayer’s Final Tour roars through Charlotte," 18 June 2018 The video is projected on semitransparent projection scrims that create a shimmering effect of moiré patterns. Edith Newhall,, "New art to see in Philly this month: at Eastern State Pen, the Art Museum … and on napkins," 9 May 2018 Slat’s team also faces questions about whether organisms — from plankton to whales — will be captured or disturbed by the giant scrims. James Rainey /, NBC News, "A young Dutch inventor wants to clean plastic from the ocean. Can he do it?," 13 June 2018 Austin Switser’s video included a lovely image of polygons twisting on the downstage scrim like movable constellations. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "A Pair of U.S. Premieres at Spoleto Festival USA," 29 May 2018 Pale pink scrims of raw Hamachi ($16) glisten with bright plum sauce and pop with the sharp tang of pickled onion. Michael Nagrant, RedEye Chicago, "At BLVD, you'll find approachable fine dining in a glamorous setting," 6 Oct. 2017

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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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