trimming

noun
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

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How could a tastemaker who preached the gospel of modernism become a convert to the baubles and trimmings of postmodernism? Mary Ann Gwinn, The Seattle Times, "A closer look at three National Book Critics Circle finalists," 20 Feb. 2019 Food scraps and trimmings left over from preparing meals are saved in a small, lidded tub or bucket that’s kept on the countertop. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Make Compost," 4 Jan. 2019 With floured 3-inch to 4-inch cookie cutters, cut dough into as many cookies as possible; reserve trimmings. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "This Best-Ever Sugar Cookie Recipe Will Get You in the Holiday Spirit," 19 Sep. 2018 The class has suffered several setbacks, including the trimming of the number of ships built from 32 to 3, the cancellation of the long range projectile, and hardware problems with the lead ship. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Navy Stealth Destroyer Gets a 15-Ton Engine Transplant," 5 Sep. 2018 On the menu is a traditional turkey with all the trimmings. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Inside the Queen’s Annual Christmas Lunch at Buckingham Palace," 19 Dec. 2018 Burn or landfill the trimmings and clean your pruner with a 10% bleach solution or rubbing alcohol to prevent further infections. Jean Nick, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Clematis," 17 Mar. 2017 DiClerico said proper tree trimming requires specialized tools, and there are safety issues with taking down limbs. Debbie Carlson, The Seattle Times, "5 end-of-summer chores: When to DIY, when to hire someone," 13 Sep. 2018 The roof of the car bears twelve white plumes with black trimmings. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "The epic journey of Abraham Lincoln's funeral train," 30 Apr. 2018

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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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trimming

noun
trim·​ming | \ ˈtri-miŋ\

Kids Definition of trimming

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

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