Trim definition

trĭm
To make neat or tidy by clipping, smoothing, or pruning.

Trimmed his moustache; trimmed the hedges.

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Trim is defined as material used for decoration.

An example of trim is garland around the Christmas tree.

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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.

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To remove the excess or unwanted parts from.

Trimmed the pie crust; trimmed the budget.

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To remove (excess or unwanted parts).

Trimmed the rotten wood; trimmed the fat from the budget.

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To decorate, especially by adding a border or contrasting element.

Trim a blouse.

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In a trim manner.
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Trim means to remove, cut or decorate.

An example of to trim is to shorten the stems of flowers.

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To balance (an aircraft) in flight by regulating the control surfaces and tabs.
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To lose (weight or fat) deliberately, as by exercise or dieting.
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To arrange with display items.

Trim a store window.

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To thrash; beat.
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To defeat soundly.

Trimmed their opponents in the first game.

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To cheat out of money.

Trimmed him of every dollar he had.

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To rebuke; scold.
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To adjust (the sails and yards) so that they receive the wind properly.
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To balance (a ship) by shifting its cargo or contents.
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To lose weight deliberately. Often used with down.
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To be in or retain equilibrium.
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To make sails and yards ready for sailing.
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To affect or maintain cautious neutrality.
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To fashion one's views for momentary popularity or advantage.
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Excised or rejected material, such as film that has been cut in editing.
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The position of an aircraft relative to its horizontal axis.
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A cutting or clipping to make neat.

My hair needs a trim.

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An excess or unwanted part that has been removed.

Cut off the trim.

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State of order, arrangement, or appearance; condition.

In good trim.

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A condition of good health or fitness.

Keeping her body in trim.

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Exterior ornamentation, such as moldings or framework, on a building or vehicle.
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Decoration or ornament, as for clothing.
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Material used in commercial window displays.
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The readiness of a vessel for sailing with regard to ballast, sails, and yards.
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The balance of a ship.
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The difference between the draft at the bow and at the stern.
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Having lines, edges, or forms of neat and pleasing simplicity.
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In good or neat order.
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In good physical condition; fit; slim.

A trim figure.

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(obs.) To prepare; fit out; dress.
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To put in proper order; make neat or tidy, esp. by clipping, lopping, etc.

To trim one's mustache.

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To clip, lop, cut, etc.

To trim dead branches off a tree.

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To cut (something) down to the required size or shape.
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To balance (a flying aircraft) by adjusting stabilizers, tabs, etc.
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To modify according to expediency; adjust; adapt.
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To decorate or embellish as by adding ornaments, contrasting materials, etc.

To trim a Christmas tree.

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To arrange an attractive display of merchandise in or on.

To trim a store window.

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To balance (a ship) by adjusting ballast, shifting cargo, etc.
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To adjust (a sail) for efficient sailing.
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To scold; chide; rebuke.
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To beat, punish, thrash, etc.
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To defeat decisively.
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To cheat.
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To change one's opinions or viewpoint so as to satisfy opposing factions, etc.; compromise.
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To change one's opinions or viewpoint opportunistically.
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Order; arrangement; condition.

In proper trim.

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Good condition or order.

To keep in trim for sports.

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Equipment; gear; dress.
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A trimming by clipping, cutting, etc.
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The position of an airplane in relation to a fore-and-aft horizontal axis.
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Something that is trimmed, as a section of film cut out in editing.
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(obs.) Character (of a person)
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Decorative molding or borders, esp. around windows and doors.
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The interior furnishings or the exterior ornamental metalwork of an automobile.
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Any ornamental trimming.

A dress with lace trim.

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The position of a ship in the water in relation to the horizontal, esp. a fore-and-aft horizontal axis.
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Correct position in the water: a ship is in trim if stable and floating on an even keel, out of trim if not.
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The degree of buoyancy of a submarine.
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Orderly; neat; tidy.
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Well-proportioned; smartly designed.
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In good condition.
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In a trim manner.
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To reduce slightly; to cut; especially, to remove excess; e.g. 'trim a hedge', 'trim a beard'.

Place the screen material in the frame, secure it in place, and trim the edges.

The company trimmed jobs for the second time this year.

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To decorate or adorn; especially, to decorate a Christmas tree.

They traditionally trim the tree on Christmas Eve.

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(nautical) To modify the angle of a vessel to the water by shifting cargo or ballast; to adjust for sailing; to assume, or cause a vessel to assume, a certain position, or trim, in the water. (FM 55-501).
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(nautical) To modify the angle of a vessel's sails relative to the wind, especially to set the sails to the most advantageous angle.
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(dated) To balance; to fluctuate between parties, so as to appear to favour each.
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To make trim; to put in due order for any purpose; to make right, neat, or pleasing; to adjust.
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(carpentry) To dress (timber); to make smooth.
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(dated) To rebuke; to reprove; also, to beat.
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(uncountable) Decoration; especially, decoration placed along edges or borders.

Paint the house white with blue trim.

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(countable) A haircut, especially a moderate one to touch up an existing style.

I went to the hairdresser for a trim but came back nearly bald.

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Dress; gear; ornaments.
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(countable) The manner in which something is equipped or adorned; order; disposition.

The car comes in three different trims.

To be in good trim.

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(uncountable, slang, mildly vulgar) Sexual intercourse.
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(nautical) The fore-and-aft angle of the vessel to the water, with reference to the cargo and ballast; the manner in which a vessel floats on the water, whether on an even keel or down by the head or stern.
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(nautical) The arrangement of the sails with reference to the wind.
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He goes jogging every day to keep trim.

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Slender, lean; as a trim figure.
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Neat or smart in appearance; as a trim lawn.
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(nautical) In good order, properly managed or maintained.
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(nautical) With sails well trimmed.
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trim one's sails
  • to adjust one's opinions, actions, expenditures, etc. to meet changing conditions
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
trim
Plural:
trims

Adjective

Base Form:
trim
Comparative:
trimmer
Superlative:
trimmest

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

trim one's sails

Origin of trim

  • Middle English trimmen to make firm from Old English trymman from trum strong deru- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Old English trymman

    From Wiktionary