To trim up
Trim Trim, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Trimmed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Trimming}.] [OE. trimen, trumen, AS. trymian, trymman, to prepare, dispose, make strong, fr. trum firm, strong; of uncertain origin.] 1. To make trim; to put in due order for any purpose; to make right, neat, or pleasing; to adjust. [1913 Webster]

The hermit trimmed his little fire. --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster]

2. To dress; to decorate; to adorn; to invest; to embellish; as, to trim a hat. [1913 Webster]

A rotten building newly trimmed over. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

I was trimmed in Julia's gown. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. To make ready or right by cutting or shortening; to clip or lop; to curtail; as, to trim the hair; to trim a tree. `` And trimmed the cheerful lamp.'' --Byron. [1913 Webster]

4. (Carp.) To dress, as timber; to make smooth. [1913 Webster]

5. (Naut.) (a) To adjust, as a ship, by arranging the cargo, or disposing the weight of persons or goods, so equally on each side of the center and at each end, that she shall sit well on the water and sail well; as, to trim a ship, or a boat. (b) To arrange in due order for sailing; as, to trim the sails. [1913 Webster]

6. To rebuke; to reprove; also, to beat. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

{To trim in} (Carp.), to fit, as a piece of timber, into other work.

{To trim up}, to dress; to put in order. [1913 Webster]

I found her trimming up the diadem On her dead mistress. --Shak. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • To dress up — Dress Dress (dr[e^]s), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Dressed} (dr[e^]st) or {Drest}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Dressing}.] [OF. drecier to make straight, raise, set up, prepare, arrange, F. dresser, (assumed) LL. directiare, fr. L. dirigere, directum, to direct;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To pick up — Pick Pick (p[i^]k), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Picked} (p[i^]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Picking}.] [OE. picken, pikken, to prick, peck; akin to Icel. pikka, Sw. picka, Dan. pikke, D. pikken, G. picken, F. piquer, W. pigo. Cf. {Peck}, v., {Pike}, {Pitch} to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To fill up — Fill Fill, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Filled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Filling}.] [OE. fillen, fullen, AS. fyllan, fr. full full; akin to D. vullen, G. f[ u]llen, Icel. fylla, Sw. fylla, Dan. fylde, Goth. fulljan. See {Full}, a.] 1. To make full; to supply… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To plow up — Plow Plow, Plough Plough, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Plowed} (ploud) or {Ploughed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Plowing} or {Ploughing}.] 1. To turn up, break up, or trench, with a plow; to till with, or as with, a plow; as, to plow the ground; to plow a field.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To trim in — Trim Trim, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Trimmed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Trimming}.] [OE. trimen, trumen, AS. trymian, trymman, to prepare, dispose, make strong, fr. trum firm, strong; of uncertain origin.] 1. To make trim; to put in due order for any purpose; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • trim up — verb To put up trimmings, especially at Christmas …   Wiktionary

  • Trim — Trim, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Trimmed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Trimming}.] [OE. trimen, trumen, AS. trymian, trymman, to prepare, dispose, make strong, fr. trum firm, strong; of uncertain origin.] 1. To make trim; to put in due order for any purpose; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • trim´ness — trim «trihm», verb, trimmed, trim|ming, adjective, trim|mer, trim|mest, noun, adverb. –v.t. 1. to make neat by cutting away parts: »The gardene …   Useful english dictionary

  • trim´ly — trim «trihm», verb, trimmed, trim|ming, adjective, trim|mer, trim|mest, noun, adverb. –v.t. 1. to make neat by cutting away parts: »The gardene …   Useful english dictionary

  • Trim tab — Trim tabs are small surfaces connected to the trailing edge of a larger control surface on a boat or aircraft. The angle of the tab relative to the larger surface can be adjusted to null out hydro or aero dynamic forces and stabilise the boat or… …   Wikipedia

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