Definition of scrim in English:


Line breaks: scrim
Pronunciation: /skrɪm


[mass noun]
1Strong, coarse fabric, chiefly used for heavy-duty lining or upholstery.
1.1 [count noun] Theatre A piece of gauze cloth that appears opaque until lit from behind, used as a screen or backcloth: a plain scrim for backcloth and good lighting are all that are needed
More example sentences
  • Viewers walking about become ghostly figures in empty rooms, their tangible bodies transformed into shadows whenever they pass behind the scrims.
  • Motifs projected onto the scrims appear to be borrowed from the architecture of the theater itself.
  • This created the illusion that the mirror was a graffitied scrim behind which lay another room.
1.2 [count noun] A type of heatproof gauze cloth put over film or television lamps to diffuse the light.
1.3 [count noun] North American A thing that conceals or obscures something: a thin scrim of fog covered the island
More example sentences
  • The second fan generated a semblance of underwater movement in Atlantic, scrim rippling along the flow.
  • He pulls the building's structural frame back from the facade so that the glass is read as a thin, form-covering scrim.
  • A voice whispered ‘Let me think,’ as a black scrim descended.


late 18th century: of unknown origin.

Definition of scrim in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day fioritura
Pronunciation: fɪˌɔːrɪˈt(j)ʊərə
an embellishment of a melody...