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

Examples of trimming in a Sentence

our football team suffered a pretty severe trimming
Recent Examples on the Web Then, aim to do most of your trimming with the tip of that string. Derek Carwood, Better Homes & Gardens, 23 Aug. 2022 This unconventional business was founded by three brothers: Griffith, Carl and Lester Asplundh, who got into tree-trimming to finance their educations after their Swedish immigrant father died. Matt Durot, Forbes, 4 June 2022 Its efforts include a massive expansion of tree-trimming to protect power lines, plans to bury hundreds of miles of transmission and distribution lines underground and quick power shutoffs on the most dangerous hot and windy days. Russ Mitchellstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 30 Aug. 2022 The 2022 tree program budget for tree and stump removal, tree trimming and tree planting is rounded up to nearly $368,000. Karie Angell Luc, Chicago Tribune, 7 Aug. 2022 In the Manhattan kitchen of event designer Bronson van Wyck, deep green walls are accented by white trimming and backsplashes. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, 6 May 2022 Species from these places often have thick or leathery leaves, aromatic resins, and slower growth, which translates to fewer pests, less watering, and little to no trimming. Derek Carwood, Better Homes & Gardens, 12 Aug. 2022 The same is true for tree trimming, which requires a license in Waterloo but not state-wide. Haley Holik, Fortune, 28 July 2022 If your dog has fur that falls into the eyes, ears or over their paws, a regular trimming might be in your dog’s routine as well. Clare Mulroy, USA TODAY, 20 July 2022 See More

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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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27 Sep 2022

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“Trimming.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2022.

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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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