- a thin slip or wedge of metal, wood, etc., for driving into crevices, as between machine parts to compensate for wear, or beneath bedplates, large stones, etc., to level them.
- to fill out or bring to a level by inserting a shim or shims.
Origin of shim
Examples from the Web for shim
No, the big elevation rudder was still in place, but it seemed to have no effect on the shim.Tom Swift and his Airship
- a thin packing strip or washer often used with a number of similar washers or strips to adjust a clearance for gears, etc
- physics a thin strip of magnetic material, such as soft iron, used to adjust a magnetic field
- (tr) to modify a load, clearance, or magnetic field by the use of shims
Word Origin and History for shim
1723, a Kentish word of unknown origin. Originally a piece of iron fitted to a plow for scraping soil; meaning "thin slip of wood to fill up a space or raise a level" is from 1860.
"to wedge up a surface by means of a shim," 1877, from shim (n.). Related: Shimmed; shimming.