trimmer

Definitions

  • Automatic Gang Lumber-Trimmer
    Automatic Gang Lumber-Trimmer
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n trimmer joist that receives the end of a header in floor or roof framing in order to leave an opening for a staircase or chimney etc.
    • n trimmer capacitor having variable capacitance; used for making fine adjustments
    • n trimmer a machine that trims timber
    • n trimmer a worker who thins out and trims trees and shrubs "untouched by the pruner's axe"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Trimmer (Arch) A beam, into which are framed the ends of headers in floor framing, as when a hole is to be left for stairs, or to avoid bringing joists near chimneys, and the like. See Illust. of Header.
    • Trimmer (Coal Storage) An apparatus used for piling the coal in gradually increasing piles made by building up at the point of the cone or top of the prism.
    • Trimmer An instrument with which trimming is done.
    • Trimmer One who does not adopt extreme opinions in politics, or the like; one who fluctuates between parties, so as to appear to favor each; a timeserver. "Thus Halifax was a trimmer on principle."
    • Trimmer One who trims, arranges, fits, or ornaments.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n trimmer In wood-working, a large power-saw table for trimming lumber. The surface of the table has a series of feed-chains that bring the lumber laid on the table to a gang of saws placed in a row at the back of the table. Each saw is hung on a balanced frame called a ladder, and in the normal position is idle under the table. Each ladder is controlled by a foot-pedal, and to use the machine two or more pedals are touched, bringing a group of saws into action above the top of the table. The lumber to be trimmed is then laid on the feed-chains and is carried to the saws, cut, and delivered at. the outboard side of the table. To trim to other dimensions other groups of saws are brought into action, the number of combinations being sufficient for a large range of work. A ten-saw machine is 7 feet 6 inches wide and 22 feet long. Another type of machine employs saws suspended above the table and is called an over-cut trimmer. In electricity: One who renews the carbons in arc-lamps and adjusts the lamps for further service. Elect. Rev., Sept. 3, 1904, p. 332. An implement for cutting the worn ends of metallic dynamo brushes.
    • n trimmer One who or that which trims, in any sense of the word. One who arranges or disposes; one who puts or keeps in place: as, a grain -trimmer.
    • n trimmer One who adjusts as to poise or balance.
    • n trimmer One who finishes with trimming; one who decorates or embellishes: as, a coat-trimmer; a bonnet -trimmer.
    • n trimmer One who cuts, clips, prunes, or pares; specifically, in old use, a barber.
    • n trimmer A tool used for clipping, pruning, or paring: as, a nail-trimmer; a wick-trimmer; specifically, a knife or cutting-tool of various forms for trimming the edges of photographs previous to mounting them on cardboard; also, a form of paper-cutter used in bookbinding for trimming the edges of books.
    • n trimmer One who does not openly incline to either side in a contest between parties; hence, one who tries to curry favor with both or with all parties; a time-server. The name was originally given, in English politics, to a party which followed the Marquis of Halifax, during the period from about 1680 to 1690, in trimming between the Whigs and the Tories.
    • n trimmer In architecture, a piece of timber inserted in a roof, floor, wooden partition, or the like to support the ends of any of the joists, rafters, etc. See cut under joist.
    • n trimmer One who chastises or reprimands; a sharp, severe person; a strict disciplinarian; also, that by which a reprimand or chastisement is administered; hence, in general, something decisive; a settler.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Trimmer one who trims: one who fluctuates between parties, a time-server: a scold: a small horizontal beam on a floor into which the ends of joists are framed: a float bearing a baited hook and line, used in fishing for pike
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. trymian, to strengthen, set in order—trum, firm.

Usage

In literature:

Then fire as we touch, and then follow me everybody but the sail-trimmers.
"The Log of a Privateersman" by Harry Collingwood
Those of you who are unable to fight must act as sail-trimmers.
"Overdue" by Harry Collingwood
Sail trimmers, ready about!
"The Rover's Secret" by Harry Collingwood
We'll come and set a trimmer for that gentleman some day.
"Burr Junior" by G. Manville Fenn
Trimmer; but she thinks they were getting rather cross with each other.
"Last Words" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
Trimmer, who had been already engaged in the Sunday-school movement.
"The English Utilitarians, Volume II (of 3)" by Leslie Stephen
Trimmer to any trouble.
"Vixen, Volume I." by M. E. Braddon
Trimmer, the housekeeper, did everything.
"Vixen, Volume II." by M. E. Braddon
Trimmer enjoying perpetually cordial relations with a knife down each boot leg.
"The Making of Bobby Burnit" by George Randolph Chester
Trimmer or Dr. Forsyth.
"A History of the French Novel, Vol. 1" by George Saintsbury
Trimmer (1741-1810), took up the work near London, and Hannah More (1745-1833) in Somersetshire.
"The English Utilitarians, Volume I." by Leslie Stephen
Trimmer was sixty at least.
"The Scarlet Feather" by Houghton Townley
His genius as a "trimmer" makes sheer irony of his most appealing and eloquent pieces.
"Great Men and Famous Women, Vol. 7 of 8"
And I don't like the tone of Trimmer's communication.
"Highacres" by Jane Abbott
Trimmer held up his hand.
"Sjambak" by John Holbrook Vance
Trimmer and Joanna Baillie?
"A Book of Sibyls" by Anne Thackeray (Mrs. Richmond Ritchie)
For his mother was a trimmer at the Rathbawne Mills.
"The Lieutenant-Governor" by Guy Wetmore Carryl
The boys had seen similar tackle to the English trimmers, but neither so neat nor effective.
"A Danish Parsonage" by John Fulford Vicary
Quick trimmers, with years of experience, earn from 50 to 60 marks a month during the season.
"Woman under socialism" by August Bebel
Barras, who had become known as a weak trimmer, was suffered to remain.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
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In poetry:

But they skim over bents which the mill-stream washes,
Or hang in the lift 'neath a white cloud's hem;
They need no parasols, no goloshes;
And good Mrs. Trimmer she feedeth them.
"Lovers And A Reflection" by Charles Stuart Calverley
MOSCON. Clarin, from the first to last,
All your life you've been a trickster,
A smart temporizing toady,
A bold flatterer, a trimmer,
Since you praise the thoughts of others,
And ne'er speak your own.
"The Wonder-Working Magician - Act I" by Denis Florence MacCarthy

In news:

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Check out our reviews to see which trimmer would do the job around your house this spring.
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Watch Hip Trimmer in the Fitness Magazine Video.
CENTERBURG — James E Trimmer , 83, of Centerburg, passed away Monday, March 7, 2011, at home.
He retired from Nestles Co. Preceded in death by parents, Andrew and Rose Trimmer .
What's a trimmer 's favorite drink.
How many trimmers does it take to change a light bulb.
Trimmer Caught in Tree.
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In science:

To allow calibration the filter uses trimmer capacitors and fixed inductors.
Design of an IF section for C band polarimetry
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