1The upper or outer edge of an object, typically something circular or approximately circular: a china egg cup with a gold rim
1.1 (also wheel rim) The outer edge of a wheel, on which the tire is fitted.
- Driving full throttle on his wheel rims, he trundled back to Augusta at 30 mph and meandered through downtown, trailed by a posse of 14 cruisers.
- Nevertheless, handling is predictable for such a large vehicle with its 75 litre fuel tank and huge 7.5R16 tyres on steel rims.
- There is also much less chance of damaging tyres or rims in a pothole.
1.2The metal hoop from which a basketball net is suspended.
- The ball flew straight, but bounced off of the old metal rim and landed to the left, where Jim was waiting to retrieve it.
- An unused basketball board and rim that I had received in a bygone year for my birthday, was somewhere in my garage.
- He did notice, however, that the school had installed basketball rims in the gym, one of each side of the room.
1.3 (often rims) The part of a glasses frame surrounding the lenses.
- Suddenly Mr. Podgers dropped Lord Arthur's right hand, and seized hold of his left, bending down so low to examine it that the gold rims of his spectacles seemed almost to touch the palm.
- Louis put aside his journal and studied his daughter over the rim of his spectacles.
- A pair of glasses, with large rims and thick lenses, rested lopsidedly along his nose, and he adjusted them to see Jennifer more clearly when he stopped.
1.4A limit or boundary of something: the outer rim of the solar system
More example sentences
- I think it will not be difficult to rid her of his bad influence and bring her back into the upper rims of cultured society.
- The upper rim of the garden can be planted in perennials.
- Cole walked by the information desk on the left, the fine arts division, and moved through the stacks to the study tables that were set up on the outer rim of the building.
verb (rims, rimming, rimmed)[with object]
1Form or act as an outer edge or rim for: a huge lake rimmed by glaciers [as adjective, in combination]: (-rimmed) steel-rimmed glasses
More example sentences
- The hotel was built in a rectangle, an atrium in the middle with the floors rimming the edge.
- I slipped on my mask, a beautiful glazed, white mask rimmed with diamonds, sapphires and rubies along with gold rimming the edges.
- Around the edges of the yard were small trees rimming the garden in pale green.
- Example sentences
- He was wearing rimless glasses.
- Adjusting her rimless glasses, she peered at the rear-view mirror.
- The young man in front of me looked at me over his rimless glasses.
Old English rima 'a border, coast'; compare with Old Norse rimi 'ridge, strip of land' (the only known cognate).
Words that rhyme with rimbedim, brim, crim, dim, glim, grim, Grimm, gym, him, hymn, Jim, Kim, limb, limn, nim, prim, scrim, shim, Sim, skim, slim, swim, Tim, trim, vim, whim
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