- 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.
- 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.
Idioms about 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.
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How to use trim in a sentence
In the real world, you’d be able to appreciate the silver paint and orange wheels and trim.22 of the weirdest concept motorcycles ever made|By John Burns/Cycle World|September 10, 2020|Popular-Science
You’ll have to trim a bit off the edges, but a 36-by-24-inch frame will give you the best results.Five cool ways to upcycle old coffee sacks|Harry Guinness|August 27, 2020|Popular-Science
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
The state held SDG&E responsible because it failed to trim back the tree.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.Make ‘The Chew’s’ Carla Hall’s Pumpkin Pecan Pie|Carla Hall|December 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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.Patriotic Philanthropy: Not an Oxymoron|Eleanor Clift|November 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
An older and firmly round fellow with a trim beard leaned his head back and fought off tears.I Shot Bin Laden|Elliot Ackerman|November 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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)
- (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