Definition of scrim in English:


Syllabification: scrim
Pronunciation: /skrim


1.1 Theater A piece of gauze cloth that appears opaque until lit from behind, used as a screen or backdrop.
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.
1.2A heatproof cloth put over film or television lamps to diffuse the light.
1.3North 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.

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