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

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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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Bonus: The trimmer comes with batteries included to help jump start the removal process. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "Could Be a Little TMI, but I Swear By This Easy Bikini Trimmer—Which I Use Everywhere," 3 Apr. 2019 An Echo blower and two Echo trimmers were taken from an enclosed landscaper’s trailer at noon on June 12 on the 200 block of North Michigan Street. Graydon Megan,, "Police blotter: Purse stolen from Elmhurst Mariano's returned at Bensenville Jewel," 14 June 2019 The trimmer dimensions and lack of a rear seat cut weight by 108 pounds compared with the mid-1990s, fourth-generation Supra. Dave Vanderwerp, Car and Driver, "We Test the 2020 Toyota Supra: Zero to 60 in 3.8 Seconds," 14 May 2019 Shearing hedges with a power hedge trimmer or clippers encourages a shell of dense growth around the outside of the plants that blocks air. Beth Botts,, "You may love the look of lush perennials, but too-close plants breed problems," 27 June 2018 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,, "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

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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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