• Trimming off Branches of Spruce
    Trimming off Branches of Spruce
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj trim thin and fit "the spare figure of a marathon runner","a body kept trim by exercise"
    • adj trim severely simple in line or design "a neat tailored suit","tailored curtains"
    • adj trim neat and smart in appearance "a clean-cut and well-bred young man","the trig corporal in his jaunty cap","a trim beard"
    • adj trim of places; characterized by order and neatness; free from disorder "even the barn was shipshape","a trim little sailboat"
    • v trim adjust (sails on a ship) so that the wind is optimally used
    • v trim cut down on; make a reduction in "reduce your daily fat intake","The employer wants to cut back health benefits"
    • v trim cut closely "trim my beard"
    • v trim remove the edges from and cut down to the desired size "pare one's fingernails","trim the photograph","trim lumber"
    • v trim cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of "dress the plants in the garden"
    • v trim decorate (food), as with parsley or other ornamental foods
    • v trim decorate, as with ornaments "trim the christmas tree","trim a shop window"
    • v trim be in equilibrium during a flight "The airplane trimmed"
    • v trim balance in flight by regulating the control surfaces "trim an airplane"
    • n trim cutting down to the desired size or shape
    • n trim a decoration or adornment on a garment "the trimming on a hat","the trim on a shirt"
    • n trim attitude of an aircraft in flight when allowed to take its own orientation
    • n trim a state of arrangement or appearance "in good trim"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Fighting Trim Fighting Trim
Trimming the back seam Trimming the back seam
Trimming the edge Trimming the edge
Planer trimming armour plate Planer trimming armour plate

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Painting a house yellow or having a yellow trim helps in selling a house faster
    • Trim Dress; gear; ornaments. "Seeing him just pass the window in his woodland trim ."
    • a Trim Fitly adjusted; being in good order., or made ready for service or use; firm; compact; snug; neat; fair; as, the ship is trim, or trim built; everything about the man is trim; a person is trim when his body is well shaped and firm; his dress is trim when it fits closely to his body, and appears tight and snug; a man or a soldier is trim when he stands erect. "With comely carriage of her countenance trim .""So deemed I till I viewed their trim array
      Of boats last night."
    • Trim Order; disposition; condition; as, to be in good trim . "The trim of an encounter."
    • Trim (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.
    • Trim The state of a ship or her cargo, ballast, masts, etc., by which she is well prepared for sailing.
    • Trim (Naut) 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.
    • Trim (Naut) To arrange in due order for sailing; as, to trim the sails.
    • v. i Trim To balance; to fluctuate between parties, so as to appear to favor each.
    • Trim (Carp) To dress, as timber; to make smooth.
    • Trim To dress; to decorate; to adorn; to invest; to embellish; as, to trim a hat. "A rotten building newly trimmed over.""I was trimmed in Julia's gown."
    • Trim 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."
    • Trim To make trim; to put in due order for any purpose; to make right, neat, or pleasing; to adjust. "The hermit trimmed his little fire."
    • Trim To rebuke; to reprove; also, to beat. "I found her trimming up the diadem
      On her dead mistress."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Beards are the fastest growing hairs on the human body. If the average man never trimmed his beard, it would grow to nearly 30 feet long in his lifetime.
    • trim In electricity, to replace the burned-out carbons or electrodes of (an arclamp) by new ones.
    • trim To be in a given condition of trim
    • n trim The difference in draft at the bow of a vessel from that at the stern.
    • trim Firm; strong.
    • trim In good order or condition; properly disposed, equipped, or qualified; good; excellent; fine: often used ironically.
    • trim Neat; spruce; smart.
    • trim In a trim manner; trimly.
    • trim To set in order; put in order; adjust; regulate; dispose.
    • trim Nautical, to adjust or balance, as a ship or boat, by distributing the weight of the lading so equally that it shall sit well on the water. A vessel is said to be trimmed by the head or by the stern respectively when the weight is so disposed as to make it draw more water toward the head than toward the stern, or the reverse.
    • trim To fit out; equip; furnish, especially with clothes; hence, to dress; deck: sometimes with up or forth.
    • trim Specifically, to embellish with ornaments; decorate, as with ribbons, fringe, etc.
    • trim To reduce to a neat or orderly state, as by clipping, paring, pruning, lopping, or otherwise removing superfluous or disfiguring parts.
    • trim To cut off in the process of bookbinding: said of the ragged edges of paper or the bolts of book-sections.
    • trim To remove by clipping, pruning, or paring; lop or cut: with off or away: as, to trim off shoots from a hedge.
    • trim In carpentry, to dress, as timber: make smooth; fit.
    • trim To rebuke; reprove sharply; also, to beat; thrash: sometimes indelicately applied to a woman. Compare untrimmed, 2.
    • trim To spend or waste in trimming: with away. See II.
    • trim Synonyms To arrange.
    • trim To adorn, garnish, array, trick out.
    • trim To keep an even balance; hold a middle course or position, especially in a contest between parties, so as to seem to incline to neither, or to both alike: from the nautical meaning. See I., 2.
    • n trim Adjustment; order; condition; arrangement.
    • n trim Nautical, the state of a ship, or of her cargo, ballast, spars, etc., with reference to her fitness for sailing.
    • n trim Mode of appearance or equipment; guise; garb; especially, the becoming or prescribed mode of dress, ornament, etc.; the fashion; full dress; of a ship, full sail.
    • n trim Dress; trapping; ornament.
    • n trim Nature; character; sort; stamp.
    • n trim In carpentry, the visible woodwork or finish of a house, as the base-boards, door- and window-casings, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: If the average man never trimmed his beard, it would grow to nearly 30 feet long in his lifetime.
    • adj Trim trim in good order: nice
    • v.t Trim to make trim: to put in due order: to dress: to decorate: to clip: to reduce to proper form: to arrange for sailing: to rebuke sharply, to thrash
    • v.i Trim to balance or fluctuate between parties:—pr.p. trim′ming; pa.t. and pa.p. trimmed
    • n Trim dress: ornaments: state of a ship as to sailing qualities: arrangement
    • ***


  • Raymond Hull
    Raymond Hull
    “He who trims himself to suit everyone will soon whittle himself away.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “Manhood is melted into courtesies, valor into compliment, and men are only turned into tongue, and trim ones, too.”
  • Charles M. Schwab
    “A man who trims himself to suit everybody will soon whittle himself away.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. trimen, trumen, AS. trymian, trymman, to prepare, dispose, make strong, fr. trum, firm, strong; of uncertain origin


In literature:

Everything about it was very neat and trim.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1904" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
In front of the bookcase stood a shell chest of drawers trimmed with plush.
"Bouvard and Pécuchet" by Gustave Flaubert
If I had her in your trim she would have been out of sight by this time.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern — Volume 11" by Various
White wood trims are nearly always permissible as a substitute for colored wood.
"Color Value" by C. R. Clifford
Before that we had three to one and were trimming them in great shape.
"Frank Merriwell's Son" by Burt L. Standish
But any boat would have behaved in the same way if she was not properly trimmed.
"All Adrift" by Oliver Optic
He liked Cavenaugh himself, if for nothing else than because he was so cheerful and trim and ruddy.
"A Collection of Stories, Reviews and Essays" by Willa Cather
The body was trimmed with real Venetian Point.
"Daisy Ashford: Her Book" by Daisy Ashford
Turning back, he stood without the window, in the shadow, and looked through the glass at the trim young girl at work with her pies.
"Duffels" by Edward Eggleston
I have cut them shorter, and trimmed them a little at the ends to improve the shape.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster

In poetry:

Still, Life's fitful vigil keeping,
Feed the flame, and trim the light!
Hope's the lamp I'll take for sleeping
When I wish the world good-night!
"Hope" by Ernest Jones
"To trim" was not a phrase I could
Remember having heard:
"Perhaps," I said, "you'll be so good
As tell me what is understood
Exactly by that word?"
"Phantasmagoria Canto V (" by Lewis Carroll
"If I 'd been rather later, I'll
Be bound," I added, trying
(Most unsuccessfully) to smile,
"You'd have been busy all this while,
Trimming and beautifying?"
"Phantasmagoria Canto V (" by Lewis Carroll
This is the talk of some
About a certain tree,
Whose very fruit alone
Brings death and misery;
And yet they say it's fit for food,
And trim it for the nation's good.
"The Tree" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
Oh, a maiden she stood on the brown wharf’s end
A-watching the distant sail
And she says with a sigh to her elderly friend
“I’m trimming my hat with a veil.”
"The Fate Of The 'Cabbage Rose'" by Wallace Irwin
Perhaps even Genius pours a slighted lay;
Perhaps even Friendship sheds a fruitless tear;
Even Lyttleton but vainly trims the bay,
And fondly graces Hammond's mournful bier.
"Elegy II. On Posthumous Reputation - To a Friend" by William Shenstone

In news:

4 scallions, trimmed and sliced.
1 pound chicken liver s, trimmed.
48 chicken thighs, boneless, skinless and trimmed.
Ounces baby carrots with tops, scrubbed, trimmed, and halved lengthwise.
States target chronic disease to trim health care costs.
EAGLES As Eagles continue to trim roster, some players come to grips with uncertainty.
A buffet of all the trimmings, salads and desserts will come with the entrees.
Trimming service inevitable, but not spelled out.
The aroma of turkey with all the trimmings isn't the only thing in the air in Southern California this week.
Sarasota County Natural Resources staff hopes to, in the near future, hold an educational event at Turtle Beach Park about legally trimming protected plants.
Metallic-trimmed doctor bags at Burberry.
Ginny and Joe Strueder, who met at Harry Hansen Meat Service in 1963, trim beef to be used for hamburger last week.
First, stop watering the tomatoes and trim back the tops of the plants a few inches (not much).
The battery maker said it is facing tough times and has to trim its payroll across the globe.
While we trim trees and open presents, 53 toddlers are growing up in a Mexico City prison with their incarcerated moms.

In science:

The first step is to divide {±1}N according to the sum modulo m, and trim the resulting sets a little so that they all have the same size.
Random walks with $k$-wise independent increments
Infinite limits and infinite limit points for random walks and trimmed sums.
Stochastic bounds for Levy processes
The frames were trimmed, bias subtracted and flatfielded.
High Resolution, Long - Slit Spectroscopy of VY CMa: The Evidence for Localized High Mass Loss Events
Consequently, we have shown that once the common alleles of u and v have been removed from L+ (x), the trimmed out subgraph of D+ (x) that remains is a directed tree.
Splitting pairs and the number of clusters generated by random pair incompatibilities
The leaves of this new trimmed graph correspond to loci which can be varied from u∗ to form another viable subcube.
Splitting pairs and the number of clusters generated by random pair incompatibilities