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noun
  1. the upper edge of anything hollow; rim; brink: the brim of a cup.
  2. a projecting edge: the brim of a hat.
  3. margin.
verb (used without object), brimmed, brim·ming.
  1. to be full to the brim.
verb (used with object), brimmed, brim·ming.
  1. to fill to the brim.

Origin of brim1

1175–1225; Middle English brimme brink, rim (earlier, shore, bank); apparently akin to Middle High German brem, (German Bräme), Old Norse barmr rim, edge
Related formsbrim·less, adjectivebrim·ming·ly, adverbun·brim·ming, adjective

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1. See rim.
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British Dictionary definitions for brimming

brim

noun
  1. the upper rim of a vesselthe brim of a cup
  2. a projecting rim or edgethe brim of a hat
  3. the brink or edge of something
verb brims, brimming or brimmed
  1. to fill or be full to the brimeyes brimming with tears
Derived Formsbrimless, adjective

Word Origin

C13: from Middle High German brem, probably from Old Norse barmr; see berm
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Word Origin and History for brimming

adj.

"being full to the brim," 1660s, present participle adjective from brim (v.).

brim

n.

c.1200, brymme "edge of the sea," of obscure origin, perhaps akin to Old Norse barmr "rim, brim," probably related to German bräme "margin, border, fringe," from PIE *bhrem- "point, spike, edge." (Old English had brim in the sense "sea, surf," but this probably was from the Germanic stem *brem- "to roar, rage.") Extended by 1520s to cups, basins, hats.

brim

v.

"to fill to the brim," 1610s, from brim (n.). Intransitive sense ("be full to the brim") attested from 1818. Related: Brimmed; brimming.

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brimming in Medicine

brim

(brĭm)
n.
  1. The rim of the upper opening of the pelvis.
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Idioms and Phrases with brimming

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