- The definition of trim is neat in appearance or in excellent physical shape.
- An example of trim is a clean shaven face.
- An example of trim is a lean and muscular person.
- Trim is defined as material used for decoration.
An example of trim is garland around the Christmas tree.
- Trim means to remove, cut or decorate.
An example of to trim is to shorten the stems of flowers.
A woman trims flowers to make an arrangement.
trim definition by Webster's New World
- Obsolete to prepare; fit out; dress
- to put in proper order; make neat or tidy, esp. by clipping, lopping, etc.: to trim one's mustache
- to clip, lop, cut, etc.: often with off: to trim dead branches off a tree
- to cut (something) down to the required size or shape
- to decorate or embellish as by adding ornaments, contrasting materials, etc.: to trim a Christmas tree
- to arrange an attractive display of merchandise in or on: to trim a store window
- to balance (a ship) by ballasting, shifting cargo, etc.
- to put (sails or yards) in order for sailing
- to balance (a flying aircraft) by adjusting stabilizers, tabs, etc.
- to modify according to expediency; adjust; adapt
- to scold; chide; rebuke
- to beat, punish, thrash, etc.
- to defeat decisively
- to cheat
Origin: via Middle English dialect, dialectal ; from Old English trymman, to make firm, set in order, array ; from trum, strong, firm: for Indo-European base see tree
- to change one's opinions or viewpoint so as to satisfy opposing factions, etc.; keep a middle-of-the-road policy; compromise
- to change one's opinions or viewpoint opportunistically
- to keep in balance: said of a ship
- to keep a ship in balance, as by adjusting the sails or yards
- order; arrangement; condition: in proper trim
- good condition or order: to keep in trim for sports
- equipment; gear; dress
- a trimming by clipping, cutting, etc.
- ☆ window dressing
- ☆ decorative molding or borders, esp. around windows and doors
- ☆ the interior furnishings or the exterior ornamental metalwork of an automobile
- any ornamental trimming: a dress with lace trim
- the condition of being ready to sail: said of a ship
- the position of a ship in the water in relation to the horizontal, esp. a fore-and-aft horizontal axis
- correct position in the water: a ship is if stable and floating on an even keel, if not
- the difference between the draft of a ship forward and the draft aft
- the adjustment of the sails or yards in managing a ship
- the degree of buoyancy of a submarine
- the position of an airplane in relation to a fore-and-aft horizontal axis
- something that is trimmed, as a section of film () cut out in editing
- Obsolete character (of a person)
- orderly; neat; tidy
- well-proportioned; smartly designed
- in good condition
trim definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb trimmed trimmed, trim·ming, trims verb, transitive
- To make neat or tidy by clipping, smoothing, or pruning: trimmed his moustache.
- a. To remove (excess) by cutting: trim a budget.b. To remove the excess from by or as if by cutting: trimmed off the rotten wood.
- To ornament; decorate.
- Informal a. To thrash; beat.b. To defeat soundly.c. To cheat.d. To rebuke; scold.
- Nautical a. To adjust (the sails and yards) so that they receive the wind properly.b. To balance (a ship) by shifting its cargo or contents.
- To balance (an aircraft) in flight by regulating the control surfaces and tabs.
- To furnish or equip.
- Nautical a. To be in or retain equilibrium.b. To make sails and yards ready for sailing.
- a. To affect or maintain cautious neutrality.b. To fashion one's views for momentary popularity or advantage.
- a. State of order, arrangement, or appearance; condition: in good trim.b. A condition of good health or fitness.
- a. Exterior ornamentation, such as moldings or framework, on a building or vehicle.b. Decoration or ornament, as for clothing.
- Material used in commercial window displays.
- Dress or equipment.
- Excised or rejected material, such as film that has been cut in editing. Often used in the plural.
- Personal quality; character.
- A cutting or clipping to make neat: My hair needs a trim.
- Nautical a. The readiness of a vessel for sailing with regard to ballast, sails, and yards.b. The balance of a ship.c. The difference between the draft at the bow and at the stern.
- The position of an aircraft relative to its horizontal axis.
- a. In good or neat order.b. In good physical condition; fit; slim.
- Having lines, edges, or forms of neat and pleasing simplicity. See Synonyms at neat1.
Origin: Middle English trimmen, to make firm, from Old English trymman, from trum, strong; see deru- in Indo-European roots.
- trimˈly adverb
- trimˈness noun
trim - Phrases/Idioms
trim one's sails