trim·​mer | \ ˈtri-mər How to pronounce trimmer (audio) \

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

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
Recent Examples on the Web The jurors issued a three-year ban on Oracle Team USA member Dirk de Ridder, a key wing trimmer, and docked the team two points after a scandal involving weight manipulation of boats in warm-up regattas. The Editors, Outside Online, 13 Jan. 2015 Plus, its ActiveLift trimmer catches flat (read: hard-to-cut) hairs with ease. Christian Gollayan, Men's Health, 8 June 2022 Oregon string is designed for lighter-duty use, like low grass and weeds, and is compatible with a range of trimmer brands like Stihl, DeWalt, Ryobi, and Greenworks. Alex Rennie, Popular Mechanics, 31 May 2022 The hardware business alone, especially the trimmer, is a sleeping giant. Rachel King, Fortune, 13 Apr. 2022 Braun also incorporated a new ProLift trimmer to help lift longer hairs away from the skin and tackle even the thickest stubble. John Thompson, Men's Health, 18 May 2022 Then Francona acquired a trimmer, sneaked up behind Barnett in a conference room a couple of weeks ago and — zip — shaved out a patch of Barnett’s hair. New York Times, 4 Apr. 2022 There’s no reason to use your beard trimmer anywhere below your chin anymore. Adam Hurly, Robb Report, 31 Dec. 2021 Although this notch can be achieved with a string trimmer and a skilled operator, the spinning vertical blade of a dedicated edge trimmer will give the straightest, cleanest, and deepest result. Alex Rennie, Popular Mechanics, 25 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of trimmer

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

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“Trimmer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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