Trimming
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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  • Trimming — Trim ming, a. from {Trim}, v. [1913 Webster] The Whigs are, essentially, an inefficient, trimming, halfway sort of a party. Jeffrey. [1913 Webster] {Trimming joist} (Arch.), a joist into which timber trimmers are framed; a header. See {Header}.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Trimming — Trim ming, n. 1. The act of one who trims. [1913 Webster] 2. That which serves to trim, make right or fitting, adjust, ornament, or the like; especially, the necessary or the ornamental appendages, as of a garment; hence, sometimes, the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Trimming — Trimming. См. Отделка. (Источник: «Металлы и сплавы. Справочник.» Под редакцией Ю.П. Солнцева; НПО Профессионал , НПО Мир и семья ; Санкт Петербург, 2003 г.) …   Словарь металлургических терминов

  • trimming — index curtailment, reprimand Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • trimming — ► NOUN 1) (trimmings) small pieces trimmed off. 2) ornamentation or decoration, especially for clothing or furniture. 3) (the trimmings) informal the traditional accompaniments to something …   English terms dictionary

  • trimming — [trim′iŋ] n. 1. the action of a person who trims 2. something used to trim; specif., a) decoration; ornament b) [pl.] the side dishes of a meal [turkey with all the trimmings] 3. [pl.] parts trimmed off 4. Informal …   English World dictionary

  • Trimming — Apparently, derived from the Middle English Trim , the word was probably job descriptive for one who ballasted a vessel, or dressed timbers to smooth them. The Trimming of garments and cloth seems to be a much later derivation, probably 16th… …   Surnames reference

  • trimming — 1. noun a) The act of someone who trims. I gave a good trimming to my elderly neighbours hedges. b) Material that is removed by someone trimming something, as a piece of steak. He gave the trimmings to the dog under the kitchen table. 2. verb… …   Wiktionary

  • trimming — trim•ming [[t]ˈtrɪm ɪŋ[/t]] n. 1) anything used or serving to decorate or complete: the trimming on a uniform[/ex] 2) Usu., trimmings. an accompaniment or garnish to a main dish: roast turkey with all the trimmings[/ex] 3) trimmings, pieces cut… …   From formal English to slang

  • trimming — /trim ing/, n. 1. anything used or serving to decorate or complete: the trimmings of a Christmas tree. 2. Usually, trimmings. an accompaniment or garnish to a main dish: roast turkey with all the trimmings. 3. trimmings, pieces cut off in… …   Universalium

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