Main definitions of rime in English

: rime1rime2


(also rime ice)


mass noun
  • 1Frost formed on cold objects by the rapid freezing of water vapour in cloud or fog.

    • ‘A mix of clear ice and rime ice is formed when droplets vary in size or when snow, various-sized droplets and ice pellets make up the mix that is hitting the plane.’
    • ‘Pelchat was 500 feet north of the summit when he noticed an oddly straight piece of rime ice standing five feet off the trail.’
    • ‘For the first time in several minutes, I looked up from the instruments and saw rime ice on our windscreen.’
    • ‘We occasionally peered into the inky blackness, left and right, to check the rime ice on the wings' leading edge.’
    • ‘The town looked like a lunar landscape, with everything covered in rime ice.’
    ice crystals, ice, rime ice, verglas
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    1. 1.1literary Hoar frost.
      ‘the rime was thick and crisp on the grass’
      • ‘Hector noticed spicules of rime adorning the packing-case shelves like fluffy moulds and hoar on his own beard.’
      • ‘He drew a long breath, followed by a longer sigh, then he nodded once, walked out into the great cavern, and vanished, leaving a thick rime of frost on the floor where he had stood.’


[with object]literary
  • Cover (an object) with hoar frost.

    ‘he does not brush away the frost that rimes his beard’
    • ‘It was a little room with racks of scrolls covering a wall, a low desk with a pair of capacious beanbag-style cushions, a single grubby little glazed window rimed with frost and - most welcome - a fire in the potbelly stove.’
    • ‘He was standing on an old stone staircase, the mortar rimed with moss.’
    • ‘There was absolutely no possibility of going outside; the deck was coated in slippery ice, and frost rimed the rails and icicles hung down like brilliant daggers from the overhanging bridge.’
    • ‘The trees were rimed with frost and there was a stillness over the land that only came with extreme cold.’
    • ‘They were curled up on the bare, frozen earth, rimed in frost, shivering and gasping in obvious anguish.’


Old English hrīm, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch rijm. The word became rare in Middle English but was revived in literary use at the end of the 18th century.




Main definitions of rime in English

: rime1rime2


noun & verb

  • archaic spelling of rhyme
    • ‘A single stanza, perhaps the first, makes an excellent introduction to prayer or rimes of meditation.’
    • ‘Then reading instruction programs that emphasize onsets and rimes should be better than those that emphasize phonemes or whole words.’
    • ‘He was a playful man, so his way of talking was in riddles and rimes and he was poetic as well.’