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shim Syllabification: shim

Definition of shim in English:


A washer or thin strip of material used to align parts, make them fit, or reduce wear.
Example sentences
  • For European style cabinets, adjustments to the guides will typically need to be done by inserting thin shims between the guides and the cabinet and/or the drawer.
  • If it were an older refrigerator I would be worried about the nylon shims under the doors wearing down but you shouldn't have to, just make sure to put them back where they came from.
  • Once you get the jamb aligned put shims between the jamb and stud opening, being careful not to bow the jamb into the opening.

verb (shims, shimming, shimmed)

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Wedge (something) or fill up (a space) with a shim.
Example sentences
  • Blades with tilted heel or sole plates should also be avoided; however, by shimming them this can be corrected for when they are mounted.
  • The contractor sets the screed rails or side forms, often shimming them during strike-off 1/2 to 3/4 inch higher than the final surface elevation to allow for compaction later with rollers.
  • Bodges are usually temporary, but not always - for example, fitting a nonstandard part by filing it down or shimming it could legitimately described as a bodge.


Early 18th century: of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with shim

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