trimmer

noun
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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The company and its affiliate brands in Ohio and Quebec produce mobile equipment such as wood chippers, aerial trimmers and stump cutters. Diego Mendoza-moyers, ExpressNews.com, "Alamo Group buys Michigan equipment maker for $352 million," 12 Sep. 2019 Kids who take up the challenge can earn T-shirts, mowers and trimmers. Stephen Hudak, orlandosentinel.com, "Lawn enforcement: Apopka police chief, mayor help cut grass for city’s needy," 14 Aug. 2019 Responding to a question last month from Councilwoman Nancy Moore about precautionary measures, Speese noted that the vascular fungus can be spread by tree trimmers not cleaning their tools. Thomas Jewell, cleveland.com, "Shaker seeks $50,000 in county’s new Healthy Urban Tree Canopy grant program," 11 Aug. 2019 The 40-year-old tree trimmer who fell to his death while grooming palm trees at a La Jolla vacation rental was identified as an Escondido man. Lyndsay Winkley, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Tree trimmer who fell to his death in La Jolla was 40-year-old Escondido man," 30 July 2019 The drama happened very close to where tree trimmers hired by the U.S. Postal Service were acccused in 2014 of feeding baby birds into a wood chipper after sawing off branches on ficus trees where egrets and herons were nesting. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "Rescue operation: 41 egrets, herons, eggs saved — more threatened after massive Oakland tree topples," 11 July 2019 Be mindful not to work around poison ivy, and don’t touch the trunks of your trees and good shrubs with the line from your trimmer. Neil Sperry, ExpressNews.com, "When mondo grass attacks, put up a wall," 5 July 2019 Wild 25-knot puffs tore across the river, and U.S.A.’s wing trimmer, Riley Gibbs, threw out his back as the team tried to control its 50-footer in practice. New York Times, "Sailing Into Uncharted Waters," 23 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of trimmer

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

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