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  1. having a rim: Do you wear rimmed or rimless glasses?
  2. having a rim of a specified kind (often used in combination): Your red-rimmed eyes show that you have been crying.

Origin of rimmed

First recorded in 1720–30; rim + -ed3


  1. the outer edge, border, margin, or brink of something, especially of a circular object.
  2. any edge, margin, or frame added to or around a central object or area.
  3. the outer circle of a wheel, attached to the hub by spokes.
  4. a circular strip of metal forming the connection between an automobile wheel and tire, either permanently attached to or removable from the wheel.
  5. a drive wheel or flywheel, as on a spinning mule.
  6. Basketball. the metal ring from which the net is suspended to form the basket.
  7. Journalism. the outer edge of a usually U-shaped copy desk, occupied by the copyreaders.Compare slot1(def 5b).
  8. Metallurgy. (in an ingot) an outer layer of metal having a composition different from that of the center.
verb (used with object), rimmed, rim·ming.
  1. to furnish with a rim, border, or margin.
  2. (of a golf ball or putt) to roll around the edge of (a hole) but not go in.
  3. Basketball. (of a basketball) to roll around (the rim of the basket) and not go in.
  4. to coat or encrust the rim of (a glass): Rim each cocktail glass with salt.

Origin of rim

before 1150; Middle English; Old English -rima (in compounds); cognate with Old Norse rimi raised strip of land, ridge
Related formsrim·less, adjective

Synonyms for rim

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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.

Antonyms for rim

1. center.
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Examples from the Web for rimmed

Contemporary Examples of rimmed

Historical Examples of rimmed

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

  • The invaders fired blindly into the darkness that rimmed the deck.

  • The sun had set, but it left walls and portals of cloud tinged and rimmed with fire.

    The Long Roll

    Mary Johnston

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

    The Octopus

    Frank Norris

  • Her eyes, rimmed with red from crying, were pools of darkness in her pale face.

British Dictionary definitions for rimmed


  1. the raised edge of an object, esp of something more or less circular such as a cup or crater
  2. the peripheral part of a wheel, to which the tyre is attached
  3. basketball the hoop from which the net is suspended
verb rims, rimming or rimmed (tr)
  1. to put a rim on (a pot, cup, wheel, etc)
  2. slang to lick, kiss, or suck the anus of (one's sexual partner)
  3. ball games (of a ball) to run around the edge of (a hole, basket, etc)

Word Origin for rim

Old English rima; related to Old Saxon rimi, Old Norse rimi ridge


abbreviation for
  1. Mauritania (international car registration)

Word Origin for RIM

From République Islamique de Mauritanie
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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


  1. The border, edge, or margin of an organ or a part.
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