\ 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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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 Twain stood still to the side of the stage as images of flowers bloomed on a scrim behind her. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "Shania Twain brings her country-pop dazzle to Houston," 10 June 2018 There is no hiding the message of the girls’ disappearances behind a rosy scrim. Rachel Syme, The New Republic, "Picnic at Hanging Rock," 22 May 2018 Worse yet, the first two-thirds of the picture look dim and murky, as if it had been shot through a scrim of dust motes. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Review: Solo Is an Uneven Star Wars Film. But It's Filled With Terrific Performances," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of scrim

1792, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for scrim

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