trim

verb
\ ˈtrim How to pronounce trim (audio) \
trimmed; trimming

Definition of trim

 (Entry 1 of 5)

transitive verb

1a : to remove by or as if by cutting trimmed thousands from federal payrollsGrit
b : to make trim and neat especially by cutting or clipping trim the hedges
c : to free of excess or extraneous matter by or as if by cutting trim a budget trim down the inventory
2 : to embellish with or as if with ribbons, lace, or ornaments trim the Christmas tree the coat was trimmed with fur
3a : to administer a beating to : thrash
b : defeat trimmed me at chess
4a(1) : to cause (a ship) to assume a desirable position in the water by arrangement of ballast, cargo, or passengers
(2) : to adjust (something, such as an airplane or submarine) for horizontal movement or for motion upward or downward
b : to adjust (something, such as cargo or a sail) to a desired position

intransitive verb

1a : to maintain neutrality between opposing parties or to favor each equally
b : to change one's views for reasons of expediency
2 : to assume or cause a boat to assume a desired position in the water a boat that trims badly
trim one's sails
: to adjust oneself or one's actions to prevailing conditions compromise or trim your sails to suit the political winds— Philip Johnston

trim

adjective
trimmer; trimmest

Definition of trim (Entry 2 of 5)

1 : exhibiting neatness, good order, or compactness of line or structure a trim beard trim lawns … a trim, well-built beach house not far from a spanking new superhighway.The Saturday Review
2 : slim and physically fit kept himself trim by biking every day His lithe student, trim in a tennis dress, watched while holding her racquet on her shoulder.— E. L. Doctorow
3 : ready for service or use
4 obsolete : excellent, fine

trim

adverb

Definition of trim (Entry 3 of 5)

: in a trim manner : trimly used chiefly in combination the trim-cut forest vistas— W. M. Thackeray

trim

noun

Definition of trim (Entry 4 of 5)

1 : a haircut that neatens a previous haircut
2a : material used for ornament or trimming
b : the material (such as wood, stone, or vinyl) in the finish of a building especially around openings But now, marble is back in style with a vengeance, in demand for building facades, interior trim and finishes.— David Roberts In home building, carpenters build the house framework, frame the roof and interior partitions, and install doors, windows, flooring, cabinets, wood paneling, and molding and trim.Occupational Outlook Handbook
c : the interior furnishings of an automobile
d : one's clothing or appearance
3 : suitable or excellent condition tries to keep in trim
4a : the position of a ship or boat especially with reference to the horizontal also : the difference between the draft of a ship forward and that aft
b : the relation between the plane of a sail and the direction of the ship
c : the buoyancy status of a submarine
d : the attitude of a lighter-than-air craft relative to a fore-and-aft horizontal plane
e : the attitude with respect to wind axes at which an airplane will continue in level flight with free controls
5 : something that is trimmed off or cut out

Trim

geographical name
\ ˈtrim How to pronounce Trim (audio) \

Definition of Trim (Entry 5 of 5)

town in eastern Ireland area population 8268

Note: Trim is the capital of County Meath.

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Other Words from trim

Adjective

trimly adverb
trimness noun

Examples of trim in a Sentence

Verb The hedges need to be trimmed. They are looking for ways to trim the budget. We trimmed the Christmas tree. a pillow trimmed in lace Adjective She has a trim figure. He keeps fit and trim by biking. Noun a skirt with lace trim the doctor declared her to be in good trim for the race
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Corey Seager followed with a two-run single to right to trim the deficit to 4-3 and advance pinch-runner DJ Peters to third, but Montero struck out Justin Turner to end the inning. Mike Digiovanna, Los Angeles Times, 11 May 2021 Janke, whose 23-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter opened the scoring, caught a 26-yard TD pass midway through the third to trim SDSU’s deficit to 20-17. Tim Bielik, cleveland, 8 May 2021 But the Blazers went on a 21-8 run to close the quarter and trim their deficit to 85-83 entering the fourth quarter. oregonlive, 16 Apr. 2021 Again, Rosario came through with an RBI groundout to trim Cleveland's deficit to 3-2. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 4 Apr. 2021 Woodworth scored her second goal with 4:56 to go to trim the deficit to 4-3 at halftime. Kyle J. Andrews, baltimoresun.com, 31 Mar. 2021 Also, trim off spindly branches or branches going sideways. Arricca Elin Sansone, House Beautiful, 20 May 2021 At meetings to discuss employee pay, Mr. Montag would occasionally trim small amounts, like $25,000 or $50,000, from bonuses of close to a million dollars, meeting attendees recalled, for reasons that weren’t clear to them. New York Times, 14 May 2021 Install trim around the frame by nailing the vertical pieces to the studs and gluing horizontal pieces to the drywall—and you're done. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, 8 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The trim levels without Automatic Stop/Start include base models, High Country, Denali, AT4, sport and certain trail editions, Kelly said. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, 9 June 2021 The trim levels without Automatic Stop/Start include base models, High Country, Denali, AT4, sport and certain trail editions, Kelly said. oregonlive, 9 June 2021 Beyond its highly functional interior, the Taos has an impressive list of standard and optional equipment across all three trim levels. Karl Brauer, Forbes, 26 May 2021 His lieutenant, a trim guy in a backward Yankees cap named Sal, told the wrestlers to keep track of the roving cameraman. Dan Greene, The New Yorker, 24 May 2021 Check online valuation sources, entering the make, model, trim level, options, mileage, and condition. Jim Gorzelany, Forbes, 25 May 2021 Derek Colling is trim and muscular, with a blond crew cut that was, that day, covered by a dark beanie. Abe Streep, The New Yorker, 21 May 2021 For the fete, Adele wore what appears to be a satin chartreuse robe with boa trim by LAPOINTE over a little black dress. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, 27 Apr. 2021 Most trim levels' prices are unchanged or rise no more than $100. Laura Sky Brown, Car and Driver, 19 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Sturdy but comfortable, this 1901 shirt is trim-tailored and comes in two colors, Grey Magnet Oxford and Blue White Bengal Stripe. Alicia Kortendick, al, 15 Apr. 2020 Eliminating the resources that are underutilized, making the budget as trim as possible. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 28 Feb. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Even his peers were mesmerized by his trim physique at award shows. Devon Abelman, Allure, 12 June 2021 Please keep your greasy mitts off the carbon-fiber trim fascia on the console and doors, gleaming like Chinese lacquerware. Dan Neil, WSJ, 12 June 2021 Base models have a black grille, while the other two models have gray trim worked in. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, 8 June 2021 That trend is only intensified on the Calligraphy trim. Ryan Zummallen, Star Tribune, 2 June 2021 Grenadier’s two-story townhomes at Belleza showcase contemporary architecture including black-trim windows and geometric architectural shapes. Dallas News, 30 May 2021 The west side has 10-foot ceilings, refinished wood floors and Douglas fir trim. Lauren Beale, Forbes, 26 May 2021 In the 1950s, the Convair B-58 Hustler employed a rudder, elevons, and a complex automatic trim system. Walter J. Boyne And Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, 23 May 2021 The other is the historic Petersburg Hotel downtown, empty for decades, full of elegant columns and marble trim, which a developer can’t get enough funding to renovate. Washington Post, 22 May 2021

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First Known Use of trim

Verb

circa 1521, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

Adjective

circa 1521, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

1529, in the meaning defined above

Noun

circa 1593, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for trim

Verb

probably from Middle English *trimmen to prepare, put in order, from Old English trymian, trymman to strengthen, arrange, from trum strong, firm; probably akin to Old English trēo tree, wood — more at tree entry 1

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12 Jun 2021

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More Definitions for trim

trim

verb

English Language Learners Definition of trim

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to cut (something) off something else : to remove (something) by cutting
: to make (something) neat by cutting it
: to make the size, amount, or extent of (something) smaller

trim

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of trim (Entry 2 of 3)

: neat and orderly
: slim and healthy

trim

noun

English Language Learners Definition of trim (Entry 3 of 3)

: an act of trimming something (such as hair)
: material (such as ribbons, lace, etc.) that is used for decorating something especially around its edges

trim

verb
\ ˈtrim How to pronounce trim (audio) \
trimmed; trimming

Kids Definition of trim

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : to put decorations on : adorn The dress is trimmed in lace.
2 : to make neat especially by cutting or clipping He trimmed his beard.
3 : to free of unnecessary matter We need to trim our expenses.
4 : to adjust (as a sail) to a desired position

Other Words from trim

trimmer noun

trim

adjective
trimmer; trimmest

Kids Definition of trim (Entry 2 of 3)

: neat and compact in line or structure a trim house

Other Words from trim

trimly adverb

trim

noun

Kids Definition of trim (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : material used for ornament or trimming The jacket has fake fur trim.
2 : the woodwork in the finish of a building especially around doors and windows
3 : an act or instance of cutting or clipping I'm going to the barber for a trim.

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