a thin slip or wedge of metal, wood, etc., for driving into crevices, as between machine parts to compensate for wear, or beneath bedplates, large stones, etc., to level them.
to fill out or bring to a level by inserting a shim or shims.
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How to use shim in a sentence
And the roster is topped off with fan favorites like Meleana shim and Jessica McDonald.Portland Is Ground Zero for the Best Women’s Soccer in the World | Evelyn Shoop | June 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The men on the wrench then back off and the horseshoe shim supports the weight of the machine.Steam Turbines | Hubert E. Collins
A thin steel shim could then be inserted to make the necessary correction (fig. 5).Elevator Systems of the Eiffel Tower, 1889 | Robert M. Vogel
No, the big elevation rudder was still in place, but it seemed to have no effect on the shim.Tom Swift and his Airship | Victor Appleton
British Dictionary definitions for shim
a thin packing strip or washer often used with a number of similar washers or strips to adjust a clearance for gears, etc
physics a thin strip of magnetic material, such as soft iron, used to adjust a magnetic field
(tr) to modify a load, clearance, or magnetic field by the use of shims
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