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.
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Idioms for trim
Origin of trim
OTHER WORDS FROM trimtrimly, adverbtrimness, nouno·ver·trim, verb, o·ver·trimmed, o·ver·trim·ming.pre·trim, verb, pre·trimmed, pre·trim·ming.
Words nearby trim
Example sentences from the Web for trim
In the real world, you’d be able to appreciate the silver paint and orange wheels and trim.
You’ll have to trim a bit off the edges, but a 36-by-24-inch frame will give you the best results.
You can easily do an eight-inch cross cut at 90 degrees and cut lumber, hardwoods, trim, and more without much effort.Make every project a breeze with the right miter saw|PopSci Commerce Team|August 26, 2020|Popular Science
“It’s easy to hire people but hard to trim the fat,” the exec said.‘Not enough money to go around’: US digital-media publishers curb international expansion|Lucinda Southern|August 26, 2020|Digiday
Pacific Gas and Electric notes its plan is to clear trees at the CPUC’s 12-foot limit, and will “in some cases,” trim beyond that rate.Watchdog Warns: SDG&E’s Tree-Trimming Plan Could Worsen Wildfires|MacKenzie Elmer|August 24, 2020|Voice of San Diego
His flesh is sagging a bit, but he is still trim and looks lean, sinewy and tough.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Fold over the edges and crimp, then trim any remaining excess.
So the following year dozens of Santas, in full red and white trim, boarded a plane to Portland.Before the Bros, SantaCon Was as an Anti-Corporate Protest|David Freedlander|December 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Rubenstein turned 65 in August, and he appears as trim and energetic as when he pulled all-nighters in the Carter White House.
An older and firmly round fellow with a trim beard leaned his head back and fought off tears.
Very trim and strong, and confident he looked, with the glow of youth in his cheeks, and the spark of happiness in his gray eyes.The Bondboy|George W. (George Washington) Ogden
A trim maid then brought in the tea equipage, and Georgie did the honours with her usual unaffected grace.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
Then we mounted and took to the trail again, stripped down to fighting-trim, unhampered by a pack-horse.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
The sense, in the present passage, is evidently 'to trim,' with reference to the eyebrows.Chaucer's Works, Volume 1 (of 7) -- Romaunt of the Rose; Minor Poems|Geoffrey Chaucer
He scarcely dares glance at the trim ankle which she shows as she holds her dress out of the mud.Camille (La Dame aux Camilias)|Alexandre Dumas, fils
British Dictionary definitions for trim (1 of 2)
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