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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Their selective trimming is intended to revitalize the wildlands — not log them — and slow the advance of a potential burn. Kurtis Alexander,, "Fearful of being the next Paradise, Grass Valley confronts its fire vulnerability," 30 June 2019 And just like last year, its trimmings look more frightening than festive at first glance. Aja Romano, Vox, "Melania Trump’s White House Christmas decorations have become a horror meme yet again," 27 Nov. 2018 Use it for fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee grounds and eggshells, but not yard trimmings, meat or bones, Caldwell said. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "How to recycle like a pro in Anchorage," 7 June 2019 Above the bookshelves’ intricate wood trimming, the lofty walls carry murals by Zoltan Sepeshy, the late Hungarian-born, metro Detroit artist whose work is displayed at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Hasan Dudar, Detroit Free Press, "This Dearborn high school looks like a castle," 27 June 2018 Water Tower, with all of its luxe fixtures and modern (at the time) trimmings, was my mall. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "A Former Urban Mall Rat Shops The New Hudson Yards," 19 Mar. 2019 That's the actual price for a workstation-class system with all the trimmings. Melissa Riofrio, PCWorld, "Sorry, gamers: Acer's ConceptD PCs are powerful, quiet, and cool, but made for creators," 12 Apr. 2019 Trim overgrown house plants; use trimmings for cuttings. 80. Tom Maccubbin,, "July in the garden," 30 June 2018 As for accessories, studded T-strap heels from Christian Louboutin, a streamlined duffle bag in midnight blue, and oversize hoop earrings made for just the right trimmings. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "No Top? No Problem. Blake Lively Pulls Off This Sexy Summer Styling Trick," 17 Aug. 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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trim·​ming | \ ˈtri-miŋ\

Kids Definition of trimming

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

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