- a joist or rafter supporting one of the ends of a header at the edge of a wellhole.
- a wall tile or floor tile for finishing an edge or angle.
Origin of trimmer1
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.
Origin of trim
Synonyms for trim
Examples from the Web for trimmer
Contemporary Examples of trimmer
This season, the 40-year-old actress has been sporting a trimmer shape, which she has attributed to her new exercise regimen.The Skinny on ‘Modern Family’ Cast’s Hollywood Weight Makeover
Maria Elena Fernandez
November 19, 2012
Whatever you think of this leviathan budget, President Obama cannot be accused of being a trimmer, or reticent.The Audacity of Nope
March 1, 2009
Historical Examples of trimmer
"Oh, he's too much of a trimmer to go back on us now," said Joyce.A Woman for Mayor
Helen M. Winslow
From the edger the boards are carried to the trimmer, which cuts the length.Handwork in Wood
Mr. Trimmer pounded on the table with his pencil in lieu of a gavel.
It was Trimmer who did this; somehow, someway he did it, and he flaunts it in our faces.
They were letter-heads of Trimmer and Company and were covered with Rubbles figures.
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
"one who changes opinions, actions, etc. to suit circumstances," 1680s, agent noun from trim (v.) in a nautical sense of "distribute the load of a ship so she floats on an even keel" (1570s), hence, "to adjust the balance of sails or yards with reference to the wind's direction" (1620s).
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.