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Definition of "rime" [rime]

  • A coating of ice, as on grass and trees, formed when extremely cold water droplets freeze almost instantly on a cold surface. (noun)
  • A coating, as of mud or slime, likened to a frosty film: "A meal couldn't leave us feeling really full unless it laid down a rime of fat globules in our mouths and stomachs” ( James Fallows). (noun)
  • To cover with or as if with frost or ice: "heavy [shoes] rimed with mud and cement ... from the building site” ( Seamus Deane). (verb-transitive)
  • Variant of rhyme. (noun)

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 "rime" in a sentence
  • "Because we vse the word rime (though by maner of abusion) yet to helpe that fault againe we apply it in our vulgar Poesie another way very commendably & curiously."
  • "Salamander (1879) in terza rime is especially memorable."
  • "Early clues tonight to why it happened -- the cockpit voice recorder picking up mention of ice, conditions last night diabolically -- diabolically perfect for coating aircraft in what is called rime ice."