Origin of shimfrom uncertain or unknown; perhaps
transitive verbshimmed, shim′ming
transitive verbshimmed, shim·ming, shims
Origin of shimOrigin unknown
- A wedge.
- A thin piece of material, sometimes tapered, used for alignment or support.
- (computing) A small library that transparently intercepts and modifies calls to an API, usually for compatibility purposes.
- A kind of shallow plow used in tillage to break the ground and clear it of weeds.
- A small metal device used to pick open a lock.
(third-person singular simple present shims, present participle shimming, simple past and past participle shimmed)
- To fit one or more shims to a piece of machinery
- To adjust something by using shims
Unknown; from Kent. Originally a piece of iron attached to a plow; sense of “thin piece of wood" from 1723, sense of “thin piece of material used for alignment or support" from 1860.
shim - Computer Definition
A small piece of software that is added to an existing system program or protocol in order to provide some enhancement.