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 Try these at-home trimming tips from celebrity stylist Matt Fugate. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Bella Hadid Gave Herself DIY Bangs While in Quarantine," 21 Apr. 2020 Put all food scraps, dirty paper and yard trimmings in green curbside composting containers to save space in trash and recycling bins. Dustin Gardiner,, "Recycling takes a hit in coronavirus California as plastic waste piles up," 20 Apr. 2020 The black trimming needs to go, as do the strange armpit stripes. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "NFL uniform rankings: Arizona Cardinals uniforms slammed in 2020 rankings of NFL uniforms," 9 Apr. 2020 Despite limited opportunities to take visits before the shutdown this calendar year, many of the nation’s top recruits appear to be following the traditional timeline of trimming lists to semifinalists and finalists in spring. oregonlive, "Troy Franklin, 5-star wide receiver, has Oregon Ducks in top 6," 7 Apr. 2020 With a little trimming, each should sit flush along the bottom of the pan and rise up two of its opposite walls. Jesse Sparks, Bon Appétit, "Line Your Pan with Parchment Overhang, Make Life a Smidge Easier," 25 Mar. 2020 Part of the trimming resulted in the loss of many jobs due to layoffs as well as departures, with veteran and high-salaried staffers among the hardest hit. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Vanity Fair Creative Director Chris Dixon to Leave the Magazine," 30 Sep. 2019 The sun beams in on the temperature-regulating bedding, bouncing off the navy trimmings inside the grand hotel room at the luxe Equinox Hotel in New York City. Laura Delarato, Condé Nast Traveler, "What It's Like to Spend 24 Hours at the First Equinox Hotel," 20 Aug. 2019 That Zaitchik is responsible for every element perhaps accounts for the self-indulgence on display; Darling Grenadine, running nearly two-and-a-half hours, would greatly benefit from judicious trimming. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Darling Grenadine': Theater Review," 11 Feb. 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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1 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Trimming.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 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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