Main definitions of rim in US English:

: rim1rim2

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 set down my glass deliberately and traced the rim slowly with my finger.’
    • ‘Together they got him to grab the rim of the opening.’
    • ‘Paul hurried to the rim of the crater as fast as he could.’
    • ‘She slowly ran her finger around the rim of the cup, sighing heavily.’
    • ‘Kaji became silent and felt tears building up on the rim of her eyes.’
    • ‘Researchers use the shadow lengths to calculate the depth of the craters, and the height of the crater rims.’
    • ‘She began to run her finger around the rim of her martini glass.’
    • ‘She simply lay along the outer rim of the pool, letting her hand lazily drift through the water.’
    • ‘She was following the rim of the crater towards him.’
    • ‘I nodded slowly and hooked my fingers over the rim of the basin and peered inside of it.’
    • ‘Minerva groaned as her head fell forward, her forehead resting on the rim of the steering wheel.’
    • ‘She hesitated for a moment, running her nimble fingers around the rim of her tankard.’
    • ‘At a small, three-legged table she had prepared a tiny, porcelain white cup of dark coffee edged with a royal blue rim.’
    • ‘A bird landed on the rim of the building, squawking for a few seconds.’
    • ‘Mary had calmed down somewhat and was now sitting on the fountain's rim.’
    • ‘It's a round table covered in a rich red tablecloth with bright, cheerful gold on the rim.’
    • ‘I sighed and tapped my finger on the rim of my wine glass for a moment.’
    • ‘I watched her run her finger along the rim of her cup.’
    • ‘My appetite gone, I pushed the bowl aside and traced my finger around the rim of my wineglass.’
    • ‘Turning off the engine, she removed the key and handed it to Matt before resting her forehead on the rim of the steering wheel.’
    brim, edge, lip
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    1. 1.1 The outer edge of a wheel, on which the tire is fitted.
      • ‘By now, the front tires were running on metal rims.’
      • ‘He found a clever way to stretch the luminous strips and apply them to the bike frame and wheel rims.’
      • ‘The rims of the cast iron wheels were covered with rubber to grip the saw.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The car was yellow in color and had nice little rims on the tires.’
      • ‘Discs, attached at the hub instead of the wheel rims, are better than standard V-type brakes in all conditions, particularly mud and water.’
      • ‘There is also much less chance of damaging tyres or rims in a pothole.’
      • ‘Japanese car manufacturers, for example, already figure out where every tire, rim, and crankshaft will go after their cars die.’
      • ‘So he took both tyres off and drove around on the rims.’
      • ‘I bent my wheel rim so bad that I had to get my car towed.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, handling is predictable for such a large vehicle with its 75 litre fuel tank and huge 7.5R16 tyres on steel rims.’
      • ‘According to this list, between 1811 and 1816, he made almost three times as many double-wheel rims as single-wheel rims.’
      • ‘The firms' main products were electricity cables and wheel rims, he said.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2 The metal hoop from which a basketball net is suspended.
      • ‘He did notice, however, that the school had installed basketball rims in the gym, one of each side of the room.’
      • ‘The second just hit the rim of the basket but didn't go in.’
      • ‘The ball flew straight, but bounced off of the old metal rim and landed to the left, where Jim was waiting to retrieve it.’
      • ‘He took aim, and the ball flew in a perfect arc, swishing through the basket without touching the rim.’
      • ‘It slipped off of the side of the rim, ignoring the basket and falling to the court.’
      • ‘The ball glides through the air, going clearly into the hoop without even touching the rim.’
      • ‘Her eyes followed the ball up, around the rim, and then in the hoop, with a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction.’
      • ‘An unused basketball board and rim that I had received in a bygone year for my birthday, was somewhere in my garage.’
      • ‘The basketball helplessly dropped off the front of the rim.’
    3. 1.3often rims The part of a glasses frame surrounding the lenses.
      • ‘His eyes set upon a particular set, with round lenses and wire rims.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Louis put aside his journal and studied his daughter over the rim of his spectacles.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Phin looked over the thin rim of his reading glasses with aqua blue eyes.’
      • ‘His blue eyes sparkled from behind silver wire rim glasses.’
      • ‘He wore wire rim glasses that, all together, made him look like the cultured, intelligent and dangerous man he was.’
      • ‘Her beady eyes narrow and her caterpillar brows furrow together over the thick rims of her bifocals.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She angrily glared at him from above the rim of her thick glasses.’
      • ‘We wore flowery shirts and cheap sunglasses with round black rims and coloured lenses (Tony's blue and mine crimson).’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The orange t-shirt lad carried a thick book under his arm, and peered up behind oval rim glasses.’
    4. 1.4 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.’
      • ‘The upper rim of the garden can be planted in perennials.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They offered whale-watching cruises and restored the old buildings that perched on pilings along the rim of the harbour.’
      • ‘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 would like to sail around the pacific rim in a tall ship.’
      edge, border, side, verge, margin, brink, fringe, boundary, perimeter, circumference, limits, periphery, bound, extremity
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    5. 1.5 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’
    as adjective, in combination ‘steel-rimmed glasses’
    • ‘Her eyes were rimmed with thick black eyeliner.’
    • ‘The hotel was built in a rectangle, an atrium in the middle with the floors rimming the edge.’
    • ‘Many of the guests wore wide rimmed black hats to block the rays.’
    • ‘Her deep green eyes were heavily rimmed with black eyeliner.’
    • ‘He wore thick black rimmed glasses that covered half his face.’
    • ‘Around the edges of the yard were small trees rimming the garden in pale green.’
    • ‘Christopher looked up, his black plastic rimmed glasses on the edge of his nose.’
    • ‘He looked at me over small, black rimmed frames.’
    • ‘I slipped on my mask, a beautiful glazed, white mask rimmed with diamonds, sapphires and rubies along with gold rimming the edges.’
    • ‘Her eyes were heavily rimmed with black kohl, her lips were full, emphasized by moist, red rouge.’
    • ‘She had short choppy black hair and big rimmed glasses resting on her small nose.’
    • ‘I asked as she looked up at me, tears rimming her eyes.’
    • ‘He wore a large rimmed black hat, which sported a sizable feather.’
    • ‘He watched Bailey carefully, tears rimming his dark eyes.’
    • ‘I pulled out a black rimmed picture frame, with bright pink hearts sparkling in the corners.’
    • ‘Her clothes were long and loose, the shawl brightly colored and rimmed with tassels.’
    • ‘He has short dark brown hair and brown eyes, which were behind a pair of thin black rimmed glasses.’
    • ‘On the rim of the roof, there was an iron fence rimmed with barbed wire.’
    • ‘A small woman with large black rimmed glasses and short blonde hair sat behind the desk, flipping threw stacks of papers.’
    • ‘His hair was thinning and blond, and purely decorative gold rimmed glasses were perched on a thin nose.’
    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

/rim//rɪm/

Main definitions of rim in US English:

: rim1rim2

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

/rim//rɪm/