trimmer

noun
trim·​mer | \ ˈtri-mər \

Definition of trimmer

1a(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

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Examples of trimmer in a Sentence

gradually fading in the primaries, the former front-runner watched helplessly as the trimmers rushed to embrace the party's newest rising star 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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As part of Amazon's 12 Days of Deals, day 11 is everything lawn care, including pressure washers, leafblowers, and lawn trimmers, and lots of other stuff. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Improve Your Curb Appeal With Amazon's Lawn Care Sale," 12 Dec. 2018 Entrepreneurs have also cultivated products that target the problem, such as Tristan Walker of Walker and Co. Brands, whose Bevel shave system and trimmer was developed with men of color in mind. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "Why workplace bans on facial hair marginalize men of color," 28 Sep. 2018 An orange Echo trimmer, valued at $600, and a RedMax leaf blower, valued at $1,000, were reported stolen May 30 from an unattended and unlocked trailer in the 500 block of South Chestnut Avenue, police said. Elizabeth Owens-schiele, chicagotribune.com, "Arlington Heights police: Driver picks up passenger and then steals belongings after stopping at gas station," 11 June 2018 The Ion+ also has twice the torque of most trimmers to speed things along. Jason Diamond, WSJ, "The Best Beard Trimmers for Each Man’s Grooming Quirks," 21 Nov. 2018 Goussev and Lhamon were the main drivers, Hearsey McKay was a master trimmer and ran the headsails, and Buell – who was able to only sail the first leg – did foredeck work, which includes taking down and putting up the correct sails. Alexa Philippou, The Seattle Times, "Sail like a girl: How an all-female team made history and won the 750-mile Race to Alaska," 14 July 2018 Philips engaged in similar shenanigans with almost its entire portfolio of products in France, everything from kitchen appliances and vacuum cleaners to electric toothbrushes and trimmers. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Asus, Philips, and others fined for price fixing in Europe," 24 July 2018 Secure yourself a beard trimmer, like my favorite—from Philips Norelco—to keep everything clean and shapely. 8. Adam Hurly, GQ, "The GQ Grooming Guide for College Graduates," 17 May 2018 Since 2015, the Library of Things has grown from sewing machines and a bike repair station to a collection of more than 100 items, Lovell said, with musical instruments, cameras, a button-maker and hedge-trimmers getting checked out regularly. Ellen Garrison, sacbee, "Seeking tools to spiff up your garden? Look no further than your local library. | The Sacramento Bee," 26 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of trimmer

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

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The first known use of trimmer was in 1555

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