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Definition of "trim" []

  • To make neat or tidy by clipping, smoothing, or pruning: trimmed his moustache. (verb-transitive)
  • To remove (excess) by cutting: trim a budget. (verb-transitive)
  • To remove the excess from by or as if by cutting: trimmed off the rotten wood. (verb-transitive)
  • To ornament; decorate. (verb-transitive)
  • Informal To thrash; beat. (verb-transitive)

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 "trim" in a sentence
  • "The trim is made by tracing around the curved edges of the box and cutting with decorative edge scissors."
  • "There was not enough on the bolt for me, so I added the trim from the lace curtain, to lengthen the sleeves."
  • "You are right, Lady Lydia, trim is the most expensive part of any dress, which is why it is good to repurpose them and/or find less expensive ways to achieve the same effect."