Meaning of RIM in English


I. ˈrim noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English rime, rim, from Old English rima; akin to Old Frisian rim edge, Old Norse rimi strip of land, rim fence rail, Gothic rimis quietness, Old Irish fo rim- to set, put, Greek ērema gently, softly, slowly, Lithuanian remti to support, Sanskrit ramate he stands still, rests; basic meaning: to rest, support


a. : the outer often curved or circular edge or border of something : brim , lip , margin

rim of a coin

rim of a tabletop

rim of a bowl

rim of a cup

rim of an ocean

hayricks on the rim of a field — Gladys B. Stern

each sheet written to the rim in Swift's crabbed little hand — Virginia Woolf

a glow along the rim of the hills — Lord Dunsany

b. : brink

close to the rim of world war — M.W.Straight

specifically : rimrock 2

rim of a plateau

north rim of the canyon


a. : the outer circular part of a wheel joined to the hub usually by spokes

b. : a removable outer metal band on an automobile wheel to which the tire is attached


a. : a raised or projecting outer edge or border

rim of a plate

inside rim of a turntable

b. : something applied as a border

licking the rim of milk from her upper lip — Nicholas Monsarrat

4. : frame 3m(1) — compare horn-rimmed

5. : the outer edge of a usually horseshoe-shaped copydesk where the copyreaders as distinguished from the copy editor sit

from the rim to the slot to the city editor to the reporter — Bruce Westley

because he couldn't write a headline to fit the allotted space, he persuaded a fellow rim man to do it for him — Newsweek

— compare slot

Synonyms: see border

II. verb

( rimmed ; rimmed ; rimming ; rims )

transitive verb

1. : to furnish with a rim : serve as a rim for : border , enclose

rimmed the outline of another letter in gold — Gordon Webber

a balcony rimming the second floor — Morris Gilbert

high mountains which rimmed the region — R.A.Billington

nails rimmed black with grease — Kay Boyle

2. of a ball : to run around the rim of

a putt that rimmed the cup

intransitive verb

: to form or show a rim, edge, or border

opened the door. The yellow light from inside rimmed about her — R.J.Hogan

till rimmed into the east the risen sun — Walter de la Mare

the biotite … does not rim or interfinger with hornblende — Economic Geology

III. noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English reme, rime, rim membrane, from Old English rēama, rēoma membrane, ligament; akin to Old Saxon & Old High German riomo strap, Middle Dutch rieme, Middle Low German rēme

archaic : peritoneum

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