trim·​ming | \ ˈtri-miŋ How to pronounce trimming (audio) \

Definition of trimming

1a : an additional garnishing turkey and all the trimmings
b : a decorative accessory or additional item trimmings for a hat
c : the remnants of something that has been trimmed : clipping tree/grass/hedge trimmings
3 : the act of one who trims

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Examples of trimming in a Sentence

our football team suffered a pretty severe trimming
Recent Examples on the Web The couple attributed it to relentless trimming of defensible space on their 43-acre property — and the metallic shipping containers didn’t hurt either. Lizzie Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle, "Hennessey Fire’s trail from Napa County to Vacaville," 3 Sep. 2020 Now, forest and fire management officials are working overtime to make up for losses, combatting overgrowth through mechanical trimming of brush and the prescribed burning of tens of thousands of acres, according to Outside. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Why Are There So Many Fires in California?," 19 Aug. 2020 The tree under which the longtime coach is buried was grown from a trimming of the original Toomer’s oaks, which famously stood at Toomer’s Corner in the heart of downtown Auburn. J.d. Crowe |, al, "Thanks, Coach: Tribute to beloved Auburn legend Pat Dye," 7 June 2020 There’s a similar dynamic in myriad other fields too, from engineering to social work to tree-trimming (for which California requires four years’ experience and two exams). Gideon Maltz, Quartz at Work, "There’s much more we can do to integrate refugees into the economy," 18 June 2020 On Tuesday, Dye was laid to rest beneath a tree on his farm in Notasulga that was grown from a trimming from the original Toomer’s oaks. Mark Heim |, al, "Bo Jackson on death of Pat Dye: ’Auburn community, and the nation lost a great man’," 5 June 2020 The trimming of the draft was primarily a cost-saving measure intended to mitigate losses from games that are canceled or played without fans and is slated to save teams $30 million. Aria Gerson, USA TODAY, "Five things we learned from MLB's shortened draft," 12 June 2020 Dye had saved the trimming from one of the oaks after it had been poisoned in 2013. J.d. Crowe |, al, "Thanks, Coach: Tribute to beloved Auburn legend Pat Dye," 7 June 2020 Gang intervention programs were identified for reduced city funding under Garcetti’s latest proposed budget, along with things like street repairs, tree trimming and graffiti removal. Los Angeles Times, "Garcetti joins other mayors to call for more federal funding to fight violence during pandemic," 4 May 2020

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First Known Use of trimming

circa 1525, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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The first known use of trimming was circa 1525

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14 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Trimming.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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trim·​ming | \ ˈtri-miŋ \

Kids Definition of trimming

: something that ornaments, seasons, or completes roast turkey with all the trimmings

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