Also called rime ice. an opaque coating of tiny, white, granular ice particles, caused by the rapid freezing of supercooled water droplets on impact with an object.Compare frost(def 3), glaze(def 17).

verb (used with object), rimed, rim·ing.

to cover with rime or hoarfrost.

Origin of rime

before 900; Middle English rim, Old English hrīm; cognate with Dutch rijm, Old Norse hrīm
Related formsrime·less, adjective



noun, verb (used with or without object), rimed, rim·ing.


or rime



identity in sound of some part, especially the end, of words or lines of verse.
a word agreeing with another in terminal sound: Find is a rhyme for mind and womankind.
verse or poetry having correspondence in the terminal sounds of the lines.
a poem or piece of verse having such correspondence.

verb (used with object), rhymed, rhym·ing.

to treat in rhyme, as a subject; turn into rhyme, as something in prose.
to compose (verse or the like) in metrical form with rhymes.
to use (a word) as a rhyme to another word; use (words) as rhymes.

verb (used without object), rhymed, rhym·ing.

to make rhyme or verse; versify.
to use rhyme in writing verse.
to form a rhyme, as one word or line with another: a word that rhymes with orange.
to be composed in metrical form with rhymes, as verse: poetry that rhymes.

Origin of rhyme

1250–1300; Middle English rime < Old French, derivative of rimer to rhyme < Gallo-Romance *rimāre to put in a row ≪ Old High German rīm series, row; probably not connected with Latin rhythmus rhythm, although current spelling (from c1600) apparently by association with this word
Related formsrhym·er, nounin·ter·rhyme, verb (used without object), in·ter·rhymed, in·ter·rhym·ing.mis·rhymed, adjectivenon·rhyme, nounnon·rhymed, adjectivenon·rhym·ing, adjectiveout·rhyme, verb (used with object), out·rhymed, out·rhym·ing.un·rhyme, verb (used with object), un·rhymed, un·rhym·ing.well-rhymed, adjective
Can be confusedrhyme rhythm
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Related Words for rime

ice, freeze, hoarfrost, hoar

Examples from the Web for rime

Historical Examples of rime

British Dictionary definitions for rime




frost formed by the freezing of supercooled water droplets in fog onto solid objects


(tr) to cover with rime or something resembling rime

Word Origin for rime

Old English hrīm; related to Dutch rijm, Middle High German rīmeln to coat with frost



noun, verb

an archaic spelling of rhyme


archaic rime


identity of the terminal sounds in lines of verse or in words
a word that is identical to another in its terminal sound``while'' is a rhyme for ``mile''
a verse or piece of poetry having corresponding sounds at the ends of the linesthe boy made up a rhyme about his teacher
any verse or piece of poetry
rhyme or reason sense, logic, or meaningthis proposal has no rhyme or reason


to use (a word) or (of a word) to be used so as to form a rhyme; be or make identical in sound
to render (a subject) into rhyme
to compose (verse) in a metrical structure
Derived Formsrhymeless or rimeless, adjective

Word Origin for rhyme

C12: from Old French rime, from rimer to rhyme, from Old High German rīm a number; spelling influenced by rhythm
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Word Origin and History for rime

"hoarfrost," Old English hrim, from Proto-Germanic *khrima- (cf. Old Norse hrim, Dutch rijm, German Reif). Old French rime is of Germanic origin. Rare in Middle English, surviving mainly in Scottish and northern English, revived in literary use late 18c.



"agreement in terminal sounds," 1560s, partially restored spelling, from Middle English ryme, rime (c.1200) "measure, meter, rhythm," later "rhymed verse" (mid-13c.), from Old French rime (fem.), related to Old Provençal rim (masc.), earlier *ritme, from Latin rithmus, from Greek rhythmos "measured motion, time, proportion" (see rhythm).

In Medieval Latin, rithmus was used for accentual, as opposed to quantitative, verse, and accentual verse usually was rhymed, hence the sense shift. Persistence of older form is due to popular association with Old English rim "number," from PIE root *re(i)- "to reason, count" (see read (v.)). Phrase rhyme or reason "good sense" (chiefly used in the negative) is from late 15c. (see reason (n.)). Rhyme scheme is attested from 1931. Rhyme royal (1841) is a stanza of seven 10-syllable lines rhymed a-b-a-b-b-c-c.



"make verses, make rhymes," c.1300, rimen, from Old French rimer, from rime "verse" (see rhyme (n.)). Attested 1670s (of words) in sense "to have the same end sound." Modern spelling is from 1650s, by influence of rhythm. Related: Rhymed; rhyming. The phrase rhyming slang is attested from 1859.

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rime in Culture


A similarity of sound between words, such as moon, spoon, croon, tune, and June. Rhyme is often employed in verse.

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