- 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.
- 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.
Origin of rim
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Examples from the Web for rims
I find my glasses and look at Pimples over the rims with my best grounded-for-life glare.The Ridiculousness of Father's Day
P. J. O’Rourke
June 15, 2014
Parson Christian looked again over the rims of his spectacles.A Son of Hagar
Sir Hall Caine
The rims of his ears are flat, and that is a sign that never fails.'Putois
His hands were red from the cold water, and there were rims of earth in his nails.The Rainbow
D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
They did not run a yard that the pilot wheels were not sunk to the rims in snow.Ralph on the Overland Express
Their rims are bare outside, and in to an average depth of thirty feet from the crest.Mount Rainier
- 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
- 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)
- Mauritania (international car registration)
Word Origin and History for rims
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.
- The border, edge, or margin of an organ or a part.