trimmer

noun trim·mer \ ˈtri-mər \
Updated on: 15 May 2018

Definition of trimmer

1 a (1) : one that trims articles
(2) : one that stows coal or freight on a ship so as to distribute the weight properly
b : an instrument or machine with which trimming is done
c : a circuit element (such as a capacitor) used to tune a circuit to a desired frequency
2 : a beam that receives the end of a header in floor framing
3 : a person who modifies a policy, position, or opinion especially out of expediency

Examples of trimmer in a Sentence

  1. gradually fading in the primaries, the former front-runner watched helplessly as the trimmers rushed to embrace the party's newest rising star

  2. last year's winner of the tournament unexpectedly got trimmed in the first round, and the trimmer was a young player that no one had ever heard of

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First Known Use of trimmer

1555

in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

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