[ rim ]
/ rɪm /
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verb (used with object), rimmed, rim·ming.
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Origin of rim

First recorded before 1150; Middle English; Old English -rima (in compounds); cognate with Old Norse rimi “raised strip of land, ridge”

synonym study for rim

1. 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.


rimless, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for rim (1 of 2)

/ (rɪm) /

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
verb rims, rimming or rimmed (tr)
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)

Word Origin for rim

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

British Dictionary definitions for rim (2 of 2)


abbreviation for
Mauritania (international car registration)

Word Origin for RIM

From République Islamique de Mauritanie
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Medical definitions for rim

[ rĭm ]

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