Trim of sails
Trim Trim, n. 1. Dress; gear; ornaments. [1913 Webster]

Seeing him just pass the window in his woodland trim. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

2. Order; disposition; condition; as, to be in good trim. `` The trim of an encounter.'' --Chapman. [1913 Webster]

3. The state of a ship or her cargo, ballast, masts, etc., by which she is well prepared for sailing. [1913 Webster]

4. (Arch) The lighter woodwork in the interior of a building; especially, that used around openings, generally in the form of a molded architrave, to protect the plastering at those points. [1913 Webster]

{In ballast trim} (Naut.), having only ballast on board. --R. H. Dana, Jr.

{Trim of the masts} (Naut.), their position in regard to the ship and to each other, as near or distant, far forward or much aft, erect or raking.

{Trim of sails} (Naut.), that adjustment, with reference to the wind, witch is best adapted to impel the ship forward. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Trim of the masts — Trim Trim, n. 1. Dress; gear; ornaments. [1913 Webster] Seeing him just pass the window in his woodland trim. Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] 2. Order; disposition; condition; as, to be in good trim. The trim of an encounter. Chapman. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Trim — Trim, n. 1. Dress; gear; ornaments. [1913 Webster] Seeing him just pass the window in his woodland trim. Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] 2. Order; disposition; condition; as, to be in good trim. The trim of an encounter. Chapman. [1913 Webster] 3.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • trim sails — trim (your) sails to spend less money. The school is having to trim its sails because of government cutbacks …   New idioms dictionary

  • 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

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