trim

verb
\ˈtrim \
trimmed; trimming

Definition of trim 

(Entry 1 of 5)

transitive verb

1a : to remove by or as if by cutting trimmed thousands from federal payrollsGrit

b : to make trim and neat especially by cutting or clipping trim the hedges

c : to free of excess or extraneous matter by or as if by cutting trim a budget trim down the inventory

2 : to embellish with or as if with ribbons, lace, or ornaments trim the Christmas tree the coat was trimmed with fur

3a : to administer a beating to : thrash

b : defeat trimmed me at chess

4a(1) : to cause (a ship) to assume a desirable position in the water by arrangement of ballast, cargo, or passengers

(2) : to adjust (something, such as an airplane or submarine) for horizontal movement or for motion upward or downward

b : to adjust (something, such as cargo or a sail) to a desired position

intransitive verb

1a : to maintain neutrality between opposing parties or to favor each equally

b : to change one's views for reasons of expediency

2 : to assume or cause a boat to assume a desired position in the water a boat that trims badly

trim one's sails

: to adjust oneself or one's actions to prevailing conditions compromise or trim your sails to suit the political winds— Philip Johnston

trim

adjective
trimmer; trimmest

Definition of trim (Entry 2 of 5)

1 : exhibiting neatness, good order, or compactness of line or structure a trim beard trim lawns … a trim, well-built beach house not far from a spanking new superhighway.The Saturday Review

2 : slim and physically fit kept himself trim by biking every day His lithe student, trim in a tennis dress, watched while holding her racquet on her shoulder.— E. L. Doctorow

3 : ready for service or use

4 obsolete : excellent, fine

trim

adverb

Definition of trim (Entry 3 of 5)

: in a trim manner : trimly used chiefly in combination the trim-cut forest vistas— W. M. Thackeray

trim

noun

Definition of trim (Entry 4 of 5)

1 : a haircut that neatens a previous haircut

2a : material used for ornament or trimming

b : the material (such as wood, stone, or vinyl) in the finish of a building especially around openings But now, marble is back in style with a vengeance, in demand for building facades, interior trim and finishes.— David Roberts In home building, carpenters build the house framework, frame the roof and interior partitions, and install doors, windows, flooring, cabinets, wood paneling, and molding and trim.Occupational Outlook Handbook

c : the interior furnishings of an automobile

d : one's clothing or appearance

3 : suitable or excellent condition tries to keep in trim

4a : the position of a ship or boat especially with reference to the horizontal also : the difference between the draft of a ship forward and that aft

b : the relation between the plane of a sail and the direction of the ship

c : the buoyancy status of a submarine

d : the attitude of a lighter-than-air craft relative to a fore-and-aft horizontal plane

e : the attitude with respect to wind axes at which an airplane will continue in level flight with free controls

5 : something that is trimmed off or cut out

Trim

geographical name
\ˈtrim \

Definition of Trim (Entry 5 of 5)

town in eastern Ireland area population 8268

Note: Trim is the capital of County Meath.

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Other Words from trim

Adjective

trimly adverb
trimness noun

Examples of trim in a Sentence

Verb

The hedges need to be trimmed. They are looking for ways to trim the budget. We trimmed the Christmas tree. a pillow trimmed in lace

Adjective

She has a trim figure. He keeps fit and trim by biking.

Noun

a skirt with lace trim the doctor declared her to be in good trim for the race
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

That has helped trim the currency’s year-to-date losses to around 30% against the dollar. Yeliz Candemir, WSJ, "Turkey Bond Issue Signals Brighter Outlook for Stricken Economy," 8 Nov. 2018 But then the writer's room was suspended in September with rumors of trimming the season from 13 episodes to ten. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Another Defender bites the dust as Netflix cancels Luke Cage," 19 Oct. 2018 Transfer filling to baking dish(es), lay dough over filling and trim to 1/2 inch from edge of dish(es). Tiffani Thiessen, Good Housekeeping, "Creamy Chicken Potpies," 9 Oct. 2018 The video features multiple angles of the hair-cutting session, from close-ups of the ends being trimmed to wider shots of the newly 11-year-old concentrating on her relaxed-looking mother's style. Marci Robin, Allure, "Salma Hayek Let Her 11-Year-Old Daughter Cut Her Hair," 22 Sep. 2018 That being said, shorter hair does mean less pulling, so feel free to trim to about an inch. Elizabeth Denton, Seventeen, "8 Things You Need to Know Before Getting a Bikini Wax," 2 Aug. 2018 In the blink of an eye, the World Cup field has been trimmed to eight. Owen Pence, BostonGlobe.com, "The World Cup is getting hot. If you haven’t been watching, this will catch you up," 6 July 2018 From trimming vegetables to cutting herbs or just opening packages, a handy pair of heavy duty, dishwasher- safe shears are unfailingly convenient. 2. Cathy Deimeke, USA TODAY, "Ask a Doc: What can I do to make healthy eating fun and easy for my kids?," 4 July 2018 Teams are allowed to carry up to 20 players during the offseason, before being required to trim to a maximum of 15 for the regular season, with up to two two-way players also allowed under contract. Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Heat remain in neutral amid the NBA's (cap) space race," 4 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Repetitive cycles of uncommanded nose down stabilizer continue to occur unless the stabilizer trim system is deactivated through use of both STAB TRIM CUTOUT switches in accordance with the existing procedures in the Runaway Stabilizer NNC. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Indonesia 737 crash caused by “safety” feature change pilots weren’t told of," 13 Nov. 2018 Enter the all new Pika teardrop trailer, which comes in an off-road trim package. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Tiny teardrop trailer sleeps 2 for under $12,000," 22 Aug. 2018 The chain-link strap of Jenner’s Longchamp pocketbook furthered the metal-trim moment, while a pair of black python Yeezy boots gave the ensemble a mod lift. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Olé! Olé! Kendall Jenner Elevates Toreador Style in Paris," 23 July 2018 Chevrolet will offer three trim levels: The Blazer, the RS and the Premiere. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "Chevy targets midsize SUV hunger with a new Blazer," 21 June 2018 Its chief landmark is the West of the Pecos Museum, a trim sandstone building in front of which stand twin sculptures: brightly painted, 8-foot-tall cowboy boots. Jeffrey Ball, Fortune, "Photographing The Permian Basin," 25 May 2018 Interior colors depend on trim selection and exterior color. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "Hyundai’s 2018 Kona small crossover starts at $19,500, offers all-wheel drive | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 19 May 2018 There are now four trim levels, including last year's three: the SV, SL and Platinum. G. Chambers Williams Iii, Houston Chronicle, "Nissan Armada has room for up to eight, starts at $45,600," 12 Jan. 2018 Overall weight has been lowered by up to 176 pounds, depending on trim level. G. Chambers Williams Iii, Houston Chronicle, "Honda Accord debuts for 2018 with its first-ever turbocharged engines," 15 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Eliminating the resources that are underutilized, making the budget as trim as possible. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Merton School Board candidates debate budget priorities, school safety, community engagement," 28 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The top-of-the-line Ascent touring’s $44,695 does include a cargo cover as well as fancy floor mats, wood trim, ambient interior illumination and a rich-looking exclusive brown leather upholstery called java. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Newly arrived 2019 Subaru Ascent fills three-row midsize SUV niche," 24 June 2018 The Transit Connect's cargo van variant comes in two trims, the basic XL and the XLT, as well as an extended-wheelbase model that has additional space for cargo. Cameron Rogers, Edmunds, USA TODAY, "Ready to roll: Edmunds picks best small cargo vans for businesses," 15 June 2018 The room, with its confident blue carpeting and crisp white trim overlooking a matrix of colorful, bobbing boats, exudes financial security. Laura Pappano, The Christian Science Monitor, "Ivy degree – now what? Low-income grads struggle with careers, status," 30 Mar. 2018 In one photo of the celebration, Penelope is all smiles while wearing a pink hat with a gold tinsel trim. Jen Juneau, PEOPLE.com, "Kim Kardashian West Wishes Niece Penelope a Happy Birthday with Hilarious Side-Eye Photo," 9 July 2018 And on Tuesday, her British-looking hat transformation seemed to be complete, as Meghan was spotted at the Royal Ascot in a modern-ish, sculptural black-and-white hat with a translucent trim. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "Meghan Markle Wears Her Most British Hat Yet," 19 June 2018 First, Jessie B preps her pubes with a trim, followed by a soak in the bath to soften up the hair follicles. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Beauty Vlogger Jessie B Uses Olive Oil to Shave Her Bikini Line, But Is It Safe?," 12 June 2018 The trimmer combines a sleek, travel-ready design with a truly comfortable and effortless trim. Reviewed Staff, USA TODAY, "The 24 best Father's Day gifts of 2018," 8 June 2018 Jeep off-roading and performance fans were even treated to a glimpse of a new trim to bolster the Trailhawk and Trackhawk — the Deserthawk. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "Fiat Chrysler plans to drive Jeep, Ram to worldwide profit," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of trim

Verb

circa 1521, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

Adjective

circa 1521, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

1529, in the meaning defined above

Noun

circa 1593, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for trim

Verb

probably from Middle English *trimmen to prepare, put in order, from Old English trymian, trymman to strengthen, arrange, from trum strong, firm; probably akin to Old English trēo tree, wood — more at tree entry 1

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The first known use of trim was circa 1521

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trim

verb

English Language Learners Definition of trim

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to cut (something) off something else : to remove (something) by cutting

: to make (something) neat by cutting it

: to make the size, amount, or extent of (something) smaller

trim

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of trim (Entry 2 of 3)

: neat and orderly

: slim and healthy

trim

noun

English Language Learners Definition of trim (Entry 3 of 3)

: an act of trimming something (such as hair)

: material (such as ribbons, lace, etc.) that is used for decorating something especially around its edges

trim

verb
\ˈtrim \
trimmed; trimming

Kids Definition of trim

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : to put decorations on : adorn The dress is trimmed in lace.

2 : to make neat especially by cutting or clipping He trimmed his beard.

3 : to free of unnecessary matter We need to trim our expenses.

4 : to adjust (as a sail) to a desired position

Other Words from trim

trimmer noun

trim

adjective
trimmer; trimmest

Kids Definition of trim (Entry 2 of 3)

: neat and compact in line or structure a trim house She maintains a trim figure.

Other Words from trim

trimly adverb

trim

noun

Kids Definition of trim (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : material used for ornament or trimming The jacket has fake fur trim.

2 : the woodwork in the finish of a building especially around doors and windows

3 : an act or instance of cutting or clipping I'm going to the barber for a trim.

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