Definition of scrim in English:



  • 1Strong, coarse fabric, chiefly used for heavy-duty lining or upholstery.

    1. 1.1(in a theater) a piece of gauze cloth that appears opaque until lit from behind, used as a screen or backdrop.
      • ‘Each is covered with a veil of scrim, painted again and then sanded, so that the surface appears to shimmer from light trapped within.’
      • ‘Here, the thin scrim is manipulated three-dimensionally with greater freedom than the watertight volumes it veils.’
      • ‘The screens of scrim are elaborately constructed, held away from the dance studio's glass walls, offering protection from the elements and shade from the brutal desert sun.’
      • ‘Motifs projected onto the scrims appear to be borrowed from the architecture of the theater itself.’
      • ‘This created the illusion that the mirror was a graffitied scrim behind which lay another room.’
      • ‘The Mush Stage depicts a free-form puppet theater where, around a hapless stick-figure marionette, float a plethora of scrims, stage maquettes, painted backdrops and hinged windows.’
      • ‘‘There's a piece of some scrim net, a clothes, matches, batteries, and a compact emergency kit which has flares, and nutrient tablets,’ answered Arlyn quickly.’
      • ‘Those descending the ramp see the agency's work projected on a series of theatrical scrims.’
      • ‘Viewers walking about become ghostly figures in empty rooms, their tangible bodies transformed into shadows whenever they pass behind the scrims.’
      • ‘The main space features a 9.5-foot- high ramp that traverses the entire length of the hall, with views to theatrical scrims and to the workers below.’
    2. 1.2A heatproof cloth put over film or television lamps to diffuse the light.
    3. 1.3North American A thing that conceals or obscures something.
      ‘a thin scrim of fog covered the island’
      • ‘He pulls the building's structural frame back from the facade so that the glass is read as a thin, form-covering scrim.’
      • ‘The second fan generated a semblance of underwater movement in Atlantic, scrim rippling along the flow.’
      • ‘Otto-Knapp's Japanese Style Apartments on Figueroa shows the local historicizing architecture overwhelmed by a scrim of green foliage.’
      • ‘A voice whispered ‘Let me think,’ as a black scrim descended.’
      • ‘It is nature as seen through a scrim of culture, the ocean as we might dream or imagine it.’


Late 18th century: of unknown origin.