verb (used with object), trimmed, trim·ming.
- to distribute the load of (a ship) so that it sits well in the water.
- to stow or arrange, as cargo.
- to adjust (the sails or yards) with reference to the direction of the wind and the course of the ship.
- to rebuke or reprove.
- to beat or thrash.
- to defeat.
verb (used without object), trimmed, trim·ming.
- to assume a particular position or trim in the water, as a vessel.
- to adjust the sails or yards with reference to the direction of the wind and the course of the ship.
- the set of a ship in the water, especially the most advantageous one.
- the condition of a ship with reference to its fitness for sailing.
- the adjustment of sails, rigging, etc., with reference to wind direction and the course of the ship.
- the condition of a submarine as regards buoyancy.
- the upholstery, knobs, handles, and other equipment inside a motor car.
- ornamentation on the exterior of an automobile, especially in metal or a contrasting color.
adjective, trim·mer, trim·mest.
- trilogy of fallot,
- trim die,
- trim one's sails,
- trim rail,
- trim size,
- trim tab
Origin of trim
Examples from the Web for trim
Fold over the edges and crimp, then trim any remaining excess.
An older and firmly round fellow with a trim beard leaned his head back and fought off tears.
Picking my way between fully exposed pie wagons and wide-loads, I did, however, feel quite fit and trim myself.
He is a relatively young man with a trim, tight beard and receding hairline.
He has also managed to trim costs in an era of sequestration.Spy Chief James Clapper: We Can’t Stop Another Snowden|Eli Lake|February 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There was a well-kept lawn in front of it, with here and there a trim flower-bed to relieve the monotony of the expanse of grass.The Lost Valley|J. M. Walsh
As for us, we wished we could do anything more active than sit still and trim the boat.Parkhurst Boys|Talbot Baines Reed
Sew one-half inch below this with stab stitch, trim material off close under this stitching.Make Your Own Hats|Gene Allen Martin
It was during his captivity here that he first lost hope; his hair turned gray and his trim, jaunty cavalier air forsook him.In Unfamiliar England|Thomas Dowler Murphy
He laid the washing-book on the table, and taking out his penknife, began to trim his nails.The Moonstone|Wilkie Collins
adjective trimmer or trimmest
verb trims, trimming or trimmed (mainly tr)
- (also intr)to adjust the balance of (a vessel) or (of a vessel) to maintain an even balance, by distribution of ballast, cargo, etc
- (also intr)to adjust (a vessel's sails) to take advantage of the wind
- to stow (cargo)
- the general set and appearance of a vessel
- the difference between the draught of a vessel at the bow and at the stern
- the fitness of a vessel
- the position of a vessel's sails relative to the wind
- the relative buoyancy of a submarine
Word Origin for trim
probably from Old English trymman "strengthen, make ready," from trum "strong, stable," from Proto-Germanic *trumaz; said to be cognate with Sanskrit drumah "tree," Greek drymos "copse, thicket," drys "tree, oak," and Old English treow (see tree). Examples in Middle English are wanting.
Original sense is preserved in nautical phrase in fighting trim (see trim (n.)). Meaning "make neat by cutting" is first recorded 1520s; that of "decorate, adorn" is from 1540s. Sense of "reduce" is attested from 1966. The adjective sense of "in good condition, neat, fit" is attested from c.1500, probably ultimately from Old English adjective trum.
"state of being prepared," 1580s, nautical jargon, from trim (v.). The meaning "visible woodwork of a house" is recorded from 1884; sense of "ornamental additions to an automobile" is from 1922. Slang meaning "a woman regarded as a sex object" is attested from 1955, American English.