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[rimd] /rɪmd/
having a rim:
Do you wear rimmed or rimless glasses?
having a rim of a specified kind (often used in combination):
Your red-rimmed eyes show that you have been crying.
Origin of rimmed
1720-30; rim + -ed3


[rim] /rɪm/
the outer edge, border, margin, or brink of something, especially of a circular object.
any edge, margin, or frame added to or around a central object or area.
the outer circle of a wheel, attached to the hub by spokes.
a circular strip of metal forming the connection between an automobile wheel and tire, either permanently attached to or removable from the wheel.
a drive wheel or flywheel, as on a spinning mule.
Basketball. the metal ring from which the net is suspended to form the basket.
Journalism. the outer edge of a usually U -shaped copy desk, occupied by the copyreaders.
Compare slot1 (def 5b).
Metallurgy. (in an ingot) an outer layer of metal having a composition different from that of the center.
verb (used with object), rimmed, rimming.
to furnish with a rim, border, or margin.
(of a golf ball or putt) to roll around the edge of (a hole) but not go in.
Basketball. (of a basketball) to roll around (the rim of the basket) and not go in.
to coat or encrust the rim of (a glass):
Rim each cocktail glass with salt.
before 1150; Middle English; Old English -rima (in compounds); cognate with Old Norse rimi raised strip of land, ridge
Related forms
rimless, adjective
1. lip, verge. Rim, brim refer to the boundary of a circular or curved area. A rim is a line or surface bounding such an area; an edge or border: the rim of a glass. Brim usually means the inside of the rim, at the top of a hollow object (except of a hat), and is used particularly when the object contains something: The cup was filled to the brim.
1. center. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for rimmed
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  • Thyme faced round; there was a sort of passion in her darkened eyes, rimmed pink with grief, and in all her gushed, wet face.

    Fraternity John Galsworthy
  • While these lashes were not long, they were thick and rimmed her eyes with a fine, thin line.

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • His voice echoed back and forth between the cliffs that rimmed the valley, but brought no answer.

  • He went on until the sun was low in the west and all the sky was rimmed with color.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • His eyes, rimmed with dust, looked out of a face that was pale beneath the sunburn.

    The Vultures Henry Seton Merriman
  • The iris of the eye is brown—often rimmed with a lighter or darker ring.

    The Bontoc Igorot Albert Ernest Jenks
  • Fannin's men were rimmed in by steel, and Ned believed that Urrea, after his great losses in the charges, would now wait.

    The Texan Scouts Joseph A. Altsheler
British Dictionary definitions for rimmed


the raised edge of an object, esp of something more or less circular such as a cup or crater
the peripheral part of a wheel, to which the tyre is attached
(basketball) the hoop from which the net is suspended
verb (transitive) rims, rimming, rimmed
to put a rim on (a pot, cup, wheel, etc)
(slang) to lick, kiss, or suck the anus of (one's sexual partner)
(ball games) (of a ball) to run around the edge of (a hole, basket, etc)
Word Origin
Old English rima; related to Old Saxon rimi, Old Norse rimi ridge


Mauritania (international car registration)
Word Origin
From République Islamique de Mauritanie
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for rimmed



Old English rima "edge, border, verge, coast," as in særima "seashore," literally "rim of the sea," and dægrima "dawn," literally "rim of the day." Related to Old Norse rime, rimi "a raised strip of land, ridge," Old Frisian rim "edge," but with no other known cognates. The snare drummer's rim shot (striking the rim and the head at once) is recorded from 1934.


1794, "to fit with a rim," from rim (n.). Sexual senses from 1920s, some perhaps influenced by ream (v.). Related: Rimmed; rimming.

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rimmed in Medicine

rim (rĭm)
The border, edge, or margin of an organ or a part.

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Slang definitions & phrases for rimmed



To lick or suck the anus (1959+ Homosexuals)

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Related Abbreviations for rimmed


Mauritania (international vehicle ID)
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