Definition of scrim in English:

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Pronunciation: /skrim/


1.1(In a theater) a piece of gauze cloth that appears opaque until lit from behind, used as a screen or backdrop.
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.

Words that rhyme with scrim

bedim, brim, crim, dim, glim, grim, Grimm, gym, him, hymn, Jim, Kim, limb, limn, nim, prim, shim, Sim, skim, slim, swim, Tim, trim, vim, whim

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