Main definitions of rim in English

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rim1

noun

  • 1The upper or outer edge of an object, typically something circular or approximately circular.

    ‘a china egg cup with a gold rim’
    • ‘I nodded slowly and hooked my fingers over the rim of the basin and peered inside of it.’
    • ‘Paul hurried to the rim of the crater as fast as he could.’
    • ‘My appetite gone, I pushed the bowl aside and traced my finger around the rim of my wineglass.’
    • ‘She was following the rim of the crater towards him.’
    • ‘A bird landed on the rim of the building, squawking for a few seconds.’
    • ‘At a small, three-legged table she had prepared a tiny, porcelain white cup of dark coffee edged with a royal blue rim.’
    • ‘She began to run her finger around the rim of her martini glass.’
    • ‘She hesitated for a moment, running her nimble fingers around the rim of her tankard.’
    • ‘Researchers use the shadow lengths to calculate the depth of the craters, and the height of the crater rims.’
    • ‘Mary had calmed down somewhat and was now sitting on the fountain's rim.’
    • ‘She slowly ran her finger around the rim of the cup, sighing heavily.’
    • ‘Turning off the engine, she removed the key and handed it to Matt before resting her forehead on the rim of the steering wheel.’
    • ‘She simply lay along the outer rim of the pool, letting her hand lazily drift through the water.’
    • ‘I set down my glass deliberately and traced the rim slowly with my finger.’
    • ‘Together they got him to grab the rim of the opening.’
    • ‘Minerva groaned as her head fell forward, her forehead resting on the rim of the steering wheel.’
    • ‘I watched her run her finger along the rim of her cup.’
    • ‘Kaji became silent and felt tears building up on the rim of her eyes.’
    • ‘I sighed and tapped my finger on the rim of my wine glass for a moment.’
    • ‘It's a round table covered in a rich red tablecloth with bright, cheerful gold on the rim.’
    brim, edge, lip
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    1. 1.1 The outer edge of a wheel, on which the tyre is fitted.
      ‘the fitting of radials on new rims’
      • ‘Nevertheless, handling is predictable for such a large vehicle with its 75 litre fuel tank and huge 7.5R16 tyres on steel rims.’
      • ‘I bent my wheel rim so bad that I had to get my car towed.’
      • ‘By now, the front tires were running on metal rims.’
      • ‘There is also much less chance of damaging tyres or rims in a pothole.’
      • ‘The rims of the cast iron wheels were covered with rubber to grip the saw.’
      • ‘The car was yellow in color and had nice little rims on the tires.’
      • ‘Put 24-inch chrome wheel rims, two-tone ostrich leather seats, dual exhaust pipes and strobe lights on your SUV, and suddenly you've got a vehicle that's going places.’
      • ‘According to this list, between 1811 and 1816, he made almost three times as many double-wheel rims as single-wheel rims.’
      • ‘The side of his car was dented and destroyed, three bullet holes already in it and a loose back tire, the rim about to pop off from the constant banging.’
      • ‘Japanese car manufacturers, for example, already figure out where every tire, rim, and crankshaft will go after their cars die.’
      • ‘He found a clever way to stretch the luminous strips and apply them to the bike frame and wheel rims.’
      • ‘The firms' main products were electricity cables and wheel rims, he said.’
      • ‘Discs, attached at the hub instead of the wheel rims, are better than standard V-type brakes in all conditions, particularly mud and water.’
      • ‘So he took both tyres off and drove around on the rims.’
      • ‘Driving full throttle on his wheel rims, he trundled back to Augusta at 30 mph and meandered through downtown, trailed by a posse of 14 cruisers.’
    2. 1.2 The part of a spectacle frame surrounding the lenses.
      ‘she wore spectacles with thin gold rims’
      ‘he looked over the rim of his glasses’
      • ‘Suddenly Mr. Podgers dropped Lord Arthur's right hand, and seized hold of his left, bending down so low to examine it that the gold rims of his spectacles seemed almost to touch the palm.’
      • ‘He wore wire rim glasses that, all together, made him look like the cultured, intelligent and dangerous man he was.’
      • ‘We wore flowery shirts and cheap sunglasses with round black rims and coloured lenses (Tony's blue and mine crimson).’
      • ‘She angrily glared at him from above the rim of her thick glasses.’
      • ‘I grew a full beard and had my hair cut like his, added a little gray to both, wore some wire rim glasses, and, of course, the shirt and jeans.’
      • ‘A pair of glasses, with large rims and thick lenses, rested lopsidedly along his nose, and he adjusted them to see Jennifer more clearly when he stopped.’
      • ‘The orange t-shirt lad carried a thick book under his arm, and peered up behind oval rim glasses.’
      • ‘Louis put aside his journal and studied his daughter over the rim of his spectacles.’
      • ‘Phin looked over the thin rim of his reading glasses with aqua blue eyes.’
      • ‘He peered at her over the metal rims of his glasses and seemed to question why she had come.’
      • ‘Karfner looked at me over the rims of his thick glasses, his lips pulled into a frown.’
      • ‘His eyes set upon a particular set, with round lenses and wire rims.’
      • ‘Her beady eyes narrow and her caterpillar brows furrow together over the thick rims of her bifocals.’
      • ‘Two of the anonymous figures are wearing business suits, the third dressed in geek attire: woollen vest over shirt with long hair swept over the rims of thick glasses.’
      • ‘His blue eyes sparkled from behind silver wire rim glasses.’
    3. 1.3 A limit or boundary.
      ‘the outer rim of the solar system’
      • ‘I think it will not be difficult to rid her of his bad influence and bring her back into the upper rims of cultured society.’
      • ‘They offered whale-watching cruises and restored the old buildings that perched on pilings along the rim of the harbour.’
      • ‘I would like to sail around the pacific rim in a tall ship.’
      • ‘And wage levels and living standards in the poorer countries on the euro zone's rim are catching up with those in the richer nations.’
      • ‘Cole walked by the information desk on the left, the fine arts division, and moved through the stacks to the study tables that were set up on the outer rim of the building.’
      • ‘I hate to say it, but there are at least eight colonies on the outer rim of Confederate territory that we have not had contact with since the end of the civil war.’
      • ‘The upper rim of the garden can be planted in perennials.’
      edge, border, side, verge, margin, brink, fringe, boundary, perimeter, circumference, limits, periphery, bound, extremity
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    4. 1.4 An encircling stain or deposit.
      ‘a thick rim of suds’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Form or act as an outer edge or rim for.

    ‘a huge lake rimmed by glaciers’
    ‘steel-rimmed glasses’
    • ‘I pulled out a black rimmed picture frame, with bright pink hearts sparkling in the corners.’
    • ‘I asked as she looked up at me, tears rimming her eyes.’
    • ‘She had short choppy black hair and big rimmed glasses resting on her small nose.’
    • ‘Around the edges of the yard were small trees rimming the garden in pale green.’
    • ‘He watched Bailey carefully, tears rimming his dark eyes.’
    • ‘The hotel was built in a rectangle, an atrium in the middle with the floors rimming the edge.’
    • ‘Her deep green eyes were heavily rimmed with black eyeliner.’
    • ‘He has short dark brown hair and brown eyes, which were behind a pair of thin black rimmed glasses.’
    • ‘His hair was thinning and blond, and purely decorative gold rimmed glasses were perched on a thin nose.’
    • ‘Christopher looked up, his black plastic rimmed glasses on the edge of his nose.’
    • ‘Her eyes were heavily rimmed with black kohl, her lips were full, emphasized by moist, red rouge.’
    • ‘I slipped on my mask, a beautiful glazed, white mask rimmed with diamonds, sapphires and rubies along with gold rimming the edges.’
    • ‘A small woman with large black rimmed glasses and short blonde hair sat behind the desk, flipping threw stacks of papers.’
    • ‘Her eyes were rimmed with thick black eyeliner.’
    • ‘He looked at me over small, black rimmed frames.’
    • ‘He wore thick black rimmed glasses that covered half his face.’
    • ‘He wore a large rimmed black hat, which sported a sizable feather.’
    • ‘Many of the guests wore wide rimmed black hats to block the rays.’
    • ‘Her clothes were long and loose, the shawl brightly colored and rimmed with tassels.’
    • ‘On the rim of the roof, there was an iron fence rimmed with barbed wire.’
    1. 1.1 Mark with an encircling stain or deposit.
      ‘his collar was rimmed with dirt’
      • ‘His fingernails were rimmed with dirt.’
      • ‘But when the cold began to set in, he hauled the foul garment over his head and tried to ignore the green bloody stains that rimmed the hem.’

Origin

Old English rima ‘a border, coast’; compare with Old Norse rimi ‘ridge, strip of land’ (the only known cognate).

Pronunciation

rim

/rɪm/

Main definitions of rim in English

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rim2

verb

[WITH OBJECT]vulgar slang
  • Lick or suck the anus of (someone) as a means of sexual stimulation.

Origin

Perhaps a variant of ream.

Pronunciation

rim

/rɪm/

Main definitions of rim in English

: rim1rim2RIM3

RIM3

  • Mauritania (international vehicle registration).

Origin

From French République Islamique de Mauritanie.