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Definition of "brim" []

  • The rim or uppermost edge of a hollow container or natural basin. (noun)
  • A projecting rim or edge: the brim of a hat. (noun)
  • A border or an edge. See Synonyms at border. (noun)
  • Full capacity: "No sooner had the fighting started than the hotel filled to the brim with a most extraordinary collection of people” ( George Orwell). (noun)
  • To be full to the brim, often to overflowing: The cup is brimming with chowder. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "brim" in a sentence
  • "Ensure that the width of the lower brim is not too broad as this would direct most of the light just downwards onto the table and that the lower brim width will define the light distribution pattern."
  • "The sweatband under my hat brim is soaking when I see the thatched roof of a little puesto."
  • "No sword-grass grows about the margin; there are no blue water forget-me-nots, nor broad lily leaves; the grass at the brim is short and thick, and the weeping willows that droop over the edge grow picturesquely enough."