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
Recent Examples on the Web Firefighters were dispatched around 10 a.m. to a home near Indianola Avenue and 18th Street for reports of a tree trimmer stuck half way up a palm tree, according to Capt. Jamie Landers, The Arizona Republic, "Tree trimmer dies after becoming trapped under palm fronds in Phoenix," 7 Oct. 2020 Philips Norelco Multigroom Series 7000 trimmer is one of the most popular grooming tools on the site and will make a great gift for the holidays. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this weekend," 3 Oct. 2020 In the right light, it could even be confused with an electric beard trimmer. Maxwell B. Mortimer, Car and Driver, "10 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Concept Easter Eggs You Won't Want to Miss," 3 Sep. 2020 And the image of a trimmer but buffer T.J. Hockenson, sporting a backward cap, a scruffy beard and long, curly hair, sure did a lot of talking Monday. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Lions' TJ Hockenson optimistic after training with college teammate/All-Pro George Kittle," 19 Aug. 2020 It may have been injured by a mower wheel or a line trimmer, or there may be insects present. Neil Sperry,, "Neil Sperry: Yuccas are going to grow, so controlling the spread means cutting off stems you don’t want," 13 Aug. 2020 Save up to 20% off outdoor power equipment like Black & Decker cordless hedge trimmer tool. oregonlive, "Does Amazon’s big summer sale have what you need for your home, garden, hair?," 10 Aug. 2020 The more Ah, the longer the hedge trimmer will run between charges. Bob Beacham,, "The best hedge trimmer of 2020," 4 Aug. 2020 The biggest deals today are on Craftsman’s outdoor power tools, such as a hedge trimmer, leaf blower, weedwacker, and chainsaw. Gabrielle Hondorp, Popular Mechanics, "These Craftsman Tools Are 30% off During Amazon’s Deal of the Day," 30 July 2020

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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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19 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Trimmer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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