Definition of trimmer in English:

trimmer

noun

  • 1An implement used for trimming off the unwanted or untidy parts of something.

    ‘a hedge trimmer’
    • ‘It's a shift-working city, so we have lawn mowers, trimmers, and power washers making a racket seven days a week between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m.’
    • ‘This evening as I stepped out the front door, I heard the hideous whine of a saw - no, it's a weed trimmer - down the street.’
    • ‘The rest bring their own pruning saws, chainsaws, rakes, trimmers, blowers and whatever else is needed and do the work that is set out in the yearly planner.’
    • ‘Cordless vacuum cleaners, trimmers, drills and grass shears would not exist if not for the need for self-contained power tools used by Apollo astronauts on the Moon.’
    • ‘Alternatives to using glyphosate on weeds are: using a line trimmer or brush cutter, hand pulling weeds, steam or hot water treatment.’
    • ‘Other men take various middle routes between the above extremes, involving purchase of one or more of shavers, nasal trimmers, eyebrow pluckers, waxing kits and electric shock treatment.’
    • ‘You can also use a comb and scissors, but trimmers are generally a little faster.’
    • ‘This unit packs plenty of punch for nearly any commercial application and can accommodate a trimmer, edger, tiller/cultivator, shaft hedge clipper, a power broom, dethatcher and a power pruner.’
    • ‘Use an electric razor when shaving and be cautious when using nail trimmers, knives, etc.’
    • ‘Finally, when you trim those unwanted whiskers, remember to take it easy with the trimmer and read the instructions before doing something that could be potentially dangerous.’
    • ‘Think about sharp things you use everyday such as tools, nail trimmers, razors, knives, even dental floss.’
    • ‘More than £500 was raised at a charity day held at the Park Pavilion recently, which Mrs Smith said would buy grass trimmers and a lawnmower.’
    • ‘For example, supplies for a lawn care business could include rakes, a mower, and trimmers, while a printing business would require ink, paper, and a computer.’
    • ‘Both types usually come with a sideburn trimmer, and it's a very useful feature.’
    • ‘The razor has two foils and a long-hair trimmer to deal with longer hairs and stubble.’
    • ‘Cutting bars can range from 18 to 40 inches, and units tend to weigh anywhere from 10 to 15 pounds for most professional quality trimmers.’
    • ‘Gary spotted electric trimmers going cheap in Woolworths and brought them home, so both he and Lewis ended up with really short cuts.’
    • ‘First-timers should start with a beard trimmer, while the bold can try the razor route.’
    • ‘Ultimately, I found a way around the issue: each week, I use a beard trimmer without the comb, resulting in something like a 2-day growth that looks really good.’
    • ‘Weed trimmers, lawn edgers and those things I hate the most - leaf blowers - have become staples in many Canadian garages.’
    equivocator, trimmer, vicar of bray
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  • 2A person who adapts their views to the prevailing political trends for personal advancement.

    • ‘He's a trimmer, a politician of convenience who moves his positions around, depending on which way the wind is blowing.’
    • ‘But despite his conservative beginnings, D' Amato turned out to be ever the trimmer, lurching toward the center whenever he thought that it would win votes or money.’
    • ‘Barère, always the trimmer, arranged a joint meeting of the governing committees on the twenty-second at which it was agreed to speed up the implementation of the Laws of Ventôse.’
    • ‘He, by contrast, is a trimmer and temporizer who has stood up for tyrants far more than he has stood up to them.’
    • ‘Even better, he is prepared to stand up for his beliefs and treat the smug superiority of the trimmers, appeasers and Euro-elites with the contempt that they deserve.’
    • ‘And trimmers drifted further and further to the right in an elusive search for the ‘center’ of American politics.’
    • ‘We need trimmers far more than we need the iron resolve of the crisis leader.’
    • ‘Given his position, it is not surprising that Whitelocke has been regarded by many commentators as a trimmer and time-server, but he is a reminder that many men did not wish to take sides or place themselves in peril.’
  • 3A person who decorates something.

    ‘window trimmers’
    • ‘I got trimmer's thumb now from all those damn drawing pins.’
    • ‘Indeed, the composite make-up of carriages always mandated multiple skills, from body maker to smith, from trimmer to painter.’
    • ‘That drive led the younger Gordy to abandon his US $86.40-a-week job as an upholstery trimmer on a Ford assembly line and to pursue a career in the music industry.’
  • 4Architecture
    A crosspiece fixed between full-length joists (and often across the end of truncated joists) to form part of the frame of an opening in a floor or roof.

    • ‘Never nail headers through a double trimmer.’
    • ‘They support a trimmer joist which itself supports trimmed joists, joined together using 'timber to timber' hangers.’
    • ‘Check your blueprint for the distance of the sill from the floor, then measure and mark it on the trimmer studs.’
  • 5A person responsible for trimming the sails of a yacht.

    • ‘A trimmer / helmsman on board had only one thing on his mind when he arrived in Capetown at the end of leg one - romance.’
    • ‘With smooth proficiency, the trimmers backed the jib, and the mainsail was eased, swinging the bow around.’
    • ‘Quite where messing about became a full-blown profession he is hard put to say, but from life as a humble trimmer, he joined the ill-fated GBR America's Cup challenge where he ‘fell into navigating by accident’.’
    • ‘Three crew changes were made during the Auckland stop-over in an attempt to resurrect the women's flagging fortunes and these included Scottish ocean sailor Emma Richards as helmsman / trimmer.’
    • ‘As trimmer / helmsman, Richards agrees she could not have picked a more daunting debut in the round-the-world race.’
    • ‘During the race, Tom Droescher, working as the spinnaker trimmer, was swept overboard during a jibe and landed on his back in the 45-degree waters of Puget Sound.’
    1. 5.1A person employed to arrange cargo or fuel in a ship's hold.
      • ‘Young persons below 18 are not to be employed as trimmers or stokers at sea.’
      • ‘The trimmers would have been there with their huge shovels making sure that the coal was properly spread out in the holds of the ship to ensure the ship's stability.’
      • ‘Oil's great advantages were convenience, reduced manning due to removing the need for trimmers and stokers, and reduced space needed for fuel bunkers.’
  • 6A small capacitor or other component used to tune a circuit such as a radio set.

    • ‘The Lightweight Model 1196 features a trimmer receiver and a slimmer, lighter barrel than its 1187 older brother.’
    • ‘I thought that there should be a trimmer somewhere on the radio to tune the stations in stronger.’
    • ‘The type illustrated usually has trimmers built in (for making small adjustments - see below) as well as the main variable capacitor.’

Pronunciation:

trimmer

/ˈtrimər/