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  1. a cotton or linen fabric of open weave used for bunting, curtains, etc.
  2. Theater. a piece of such fabric used as a drop, border, or the like, for creating the illusion of a solid wall or backdrop under certain lighting conditions or creating a semitransparent curtain when lit from behind.
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Origin of scrim

First recorded in 1785–95; origin uncertain
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  1. an open-weave muslin or hessian fabric, used in upholstery, lining, building, and in the theatre to create the illusion of a solid wall or to suggest haziness, etc, according to the lighting
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C18: origin unknown
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Word Origin and History for scrim


"upholstery lining," 1792, of unknown origin.

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