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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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 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

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First Known Use of trimmer

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

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