trim·​ming | \ˈtri-miŋ \

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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These kinds of quirky foods come from the off-cuts of meat — and the Irish proudly turn the trimmings into delicacies. Rick Steves' Europe, The Seattle Times, "In Ireland, a growing menu of culinary delights," 21 Aug. 2018 Large piles of tree trimmings, grass and other wood products were burning at the Triscape Landscaping commercial yard near 19th Avenue and Grand Avenue. Angela Forburger, azcentral, "Large debris fire at Triscape Landscaping near 19th, Grand avenues in Phoenix," 3 July 2018 Thoughtful sides and condiments, as well as tacos with flour tortillas made in-house using fat collected from brisket trimmings. Houston Chronicle, "Houston's favorite barbecue joints," 10 May 2018 Pineapple squash is yet another way to use up all those trimmings. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, "3 pineapple drinks to cool off this summer," 3 July 2018 Give fruit trees light trimmings as needed to direct growth. Tom Maccubbin,, "July in the garden," 30 June 2018 This is, for home cooks, a very good thing, because DeBragga grinds the trimmings from wholesale steaks and roasts into burger meat, adding a judicious amount of dry-aged brisket. Ruth Reichl, Town & Country, "The Best Hamburgers Start with Dry-Aged Beef," 28 May 2018 All need periodic trimming to keep them in bounds and reduce their height or remove declining portions. Tom Maccubbin,, "Poor root system hinders plant growth," 19 May 2018 After that work is completed, homeowners would be responsible for any trimming that is not part of FPL’s regular maintenance schedules. Larry Barszewski,, "Broward restricts planting trees near power lines," 12 May 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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