- 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 rim
He had, after all, already learned just how much trouble that could get him into—rim shot.Should the U.S. Really Pay a Kim’s Ransom?
December 21, 2014
Adding a rim protector aside from the 36-year-old Birdman would certainly be nice too.Where Free Agent LeBron James Will Take His Talents Next
June 24, 2014
Odds are, you expected Jackson to swish all three, but first freebie dribbled off the front of the rim and suddenly, hope renewed!Was Aaron Harrison’s Game-Winning Three-Pointer ‘Clutch’?
April 7, 2014
You still have to get a ball through a rim - even if a peach basket bottom no longer prevents it from dropping to the ground.Secret History of the First Dunk
February 15, 2014
Pour the batter over the top to the rim (reserve any extra).Daniel Boulud Reveals His 4 Favorite Recipes From His New Cookbook
October 15, 2013
The ball of red fire in the west was half below the rim of the distant peak.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
And almost immediately the rim of the sun showed above the horizon.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
We stood now on the rim of the crater, looking straight into the inferno.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
The laboratory was on the Northern rim of the field, a ten-minute drive from the auditorium.The Second Voice
In another moment they were riding rapidly toward the rim of the crater.Louisiana Lou
William West Winter
- 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 rim
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.