\ 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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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 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

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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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