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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Synonyms & Antonyms for trimmer


beater, conqueror, master, subduer, vanquisher, victor, whipper, winner



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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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Surveillance footage from a nearby business shows the driver of a gray four-door Corolla-type vehicle taking a weed trimmer from a landscaping truck and returning to his car, according to the report. Jennifer James, Houston Chronicle, "Tip helps Friendswood police arrest 2 men after string of lawn maintenance equipment thefts," 29 Mar. 2018 Right now, Greenworks is running a Deal of the Day on a whole arsenal of lawn care tools, including a mower, a pole saw, a blower, a string trimmer, and a hedge trimmer. Samantha Gordon, USA TODAY, "These are the 5 best Amazon deals right now," 25 June 2018 Long-distance hikers who are prepared to keep pack loads low would be better served by a trimmer, lighter backpack, like REI’s Flash 45. Kelly Bastone, Outside Online, "The Best Women’s Backpacking Packs," 13 July 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 The trick to looking more Gosling than Dwight Schrute is absolutely nailing the fit: Keep it on the trimmer side, and consider giving the sleeves a quick roll or two. Yang-yi Goh, GQ, "Meet the Only Button-Down You Can Wear Every Day of the Week," 5 July 2018 At TrampoLean in Midtown Manhattan, one can cut a trimmer physique, and preserve their joints, during one of the studio’s 50-minute classes, which can also incorporate light hand weights, resistance bands, and dumbbells to increase intensity. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "From Trampoline Classes to Jump Roping, 6 Throwback Workouts That Don’t Feel Like Exercise," 20 June 2018 In her early brow-free days, Vatel would remove them in the shower every three days with an eyebrow trimmer. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Women With No Eyebrows Explain Why Arches Aren't Necessary," 14 May 2018 Further investigation revealed that Gregorio had used Andres’ credit cards to purchase a lawn trimmer and new clothing, police said. Jared Gilmour, star-telegram, "Texas brothers inherited parents’ home. One evicted the other — and ended up dead.," 9 May 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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