- a light, sheer, loosely woven cotton or linen cloth, used for curtains, upholstery linings, etc.
- a hanging of such cloth used in theatrical productions either as an opaque backdrop or as a semitransparent curtain, depending on the lighting
Origin of scrimfrom uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- A durable, loosely woven fabric, often cotton, linen, hemp, or a synthetic fiber, used for curtains or upholstery lining or in industry.
- A transparent fabric used as a drop in the theater to create special effects of lights or atmosphere.
- Something that conceals or obscures something else.
Origin of scrimOrigin unknown
- A kind of light cotton or linen fabric, often woven in openwork patterns, -- used for curtains, etc,.
- A large military scarf, usually camouflage coloured and used for concealment when not used as a scarf.
- A woven, nonwoven or knitted fabric composted of continuous strands of material used for reinforcing or strengthening membranes.
- A theater drop that appears opaque when a scene in front is lighted and transparent or translucent when a scene in back is lighted.
- Thin canvas glued on the inside of panels to prevent shrinking, checking, etc.
Attested since the end of the 18th century. Origin unknown.
In one of the earliest mentions, "The Statistical Account of Scotland", 1793, by John Sinclair, page 593, we read in a paragraph devoted to weavers: "Besides these, they are now much employed in working a thin kind of coarse linen called Silesias, vulgarly Scrims, whereof each piece is 27 or 30 inches broad ..".