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Definitions of trim

  1. cut down on; make a reduction in; " reduce your daily fat intake"; " The employer wants to cut back health benefits"
  2. ( of persons) neat and smart in appearance; " a clean- cut and well- bred young man"; " the trig corporal in his jaunty cap"
  3. cutting down to the desired size or shape
  4. decorate ( food), as with parsley or other ornamental foods
  5. ( used of hair) neat and tidy; " a nicely kempt beard"
  6. a decoration or adornment on a garment; " the trimming on a hat"; " the trim on a shirt"
  7. cut closely; " trim my beard"
  8. thin and fit; " the spare figure of a marathon runner"; " a body kept trim by exercise"
  9. severely simple in line or design; " a neat tailored suit"; " tailored curtains"
  10. balance in flight by regulating the control surfaces; " trim an airplane"
  11. attitude of an aircraft in flight when allowed to take its own orientation
  12. a state of arrangement or appearance; " in good trim"
  13. adjust ( sails on a ship) so that the wind is optimally used
  14. remove the edges from and cut down to the desired size; " pare one's fingernails"; " trim the photograph"; " trim lumber"
  15. cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of; " dress the plants in the garden"
  16. decorate, as with ornaments; " trim the christmas tree"; " trim a shop window"
  17. be in equilibrium during a flight; " The airplane trimmed"
  18. Trimmed.
  19. To make trim; to put in due order for any purpose; to make right, neat, or pleasing; to adjust.
  20. To dress; to decorate; to adorn; to invest; to embellish; as, to trim a hat.
  21. To make ready or right by cutting or shortening; to clip or lop; to curtail; as, to trim the hair; to trim a tree.
  22. To dress, as timber; to make smooth.
  23. To adjust, as a ship, by arranging the cargo, or disposing the weight of persons or goods, so equally on each side of the center and at each end, that she shall sit well on the water and sail well; as, to trim a ship, or a boat.
  24. To arrange in due order for sailing; as, to trim the sails.
  25. To rebuke; to reprove; also, to beat.
  26. To balance; to fluctuate between parties, so as to appear to favor each.
  27. Dress; gear; ornaments.
  28. Order; disposition; condition; as, to be in good trim.
  29. The state of a ship or her cargo, ballast, masts, etc., by which she is well prepared for sailing.
  30. The lighter woodwork in the interior of a building; especially, that used around openings, generally in the form of a molded architrave, to protect the plastering at those points.
  31. Fitly adjusted; being in good order., or made ready for service or use; firm; compact; snug; neat; fair; as, the ship is trim, or trim built; everything about the man is trim; a person is trim when his body is well shaped and firm; his dress is trim when it fits closely to his body, and appears tight and snug; a man or a soldier is trim when he stands erect.
  32. Neat; compact; as a trim, slender figure; being in good order; as, her hair was neat and trim.
  33. Trimmer.
  34. To decorate or adorn; as, to trim a dress; make neat; cut her edges of; adjust or balance; as, to trim a ship by making it sit even in the water; make ready for sailing ; as, to trim the sails; make smooth; as, to trim lumber by planning it; clip, as a plant; colloquially, to lecture or reprove.
  35. Trimming.
  36. To take a certain position in the water: said of a vessel; to try to please two sides or parties at the same time; to compromise.
  37. Order; adjustment; dress; style; gear; fitness for sailing: said of a ship; suitable condition; as, they found everything in trim for the start.
  38. Trimly.
  39. Trimness.
  40. Trimmest.
  41. In good order: nice.
  42. To make trim: to put in due order: to dress: to decorate: to clip: to reduce to proper form: to arrange for sailing.
  43. To balance or fluctuate between parties:- pr. p. trimming; pa. t. and pa. p. trimmed.
  44. Dress: ornaments: state of a ship as to sailing qualities.
  45. Compact; neat; in order.
  46. Dress; order.
  47. To make trim; decorate; clip; balance, as a ship afloat.
  48. To put in shape; prune; clip; decorate; balance, as a vessel.
  49. To change sides for gain or safety.
  50. To be or keep in equilibrium; said of a vessel.
  51. Adjusted to a nicety; spruce.
  52. State of adjustment; equipment; condition.
  53. Costume; dress.
  54. Firm; compact; tight; being in good order.
  55. Dress; gear; ornaments; order; the state of a vessel or her cargo, ballast, masts, & c., so that she is prepared to sail. To trim in, to fit. To trim up, to dress; to put in order.
  56. To put in due order; to dress; to decorate; to clip; to shave; to lop; to make neat; to adjust; to rebuke or reprove sharply; to adjust the cargo of a ship; to arrange in due order of sailing; to dress or make smooth.
  57. To fluctuate between parties, so as to seem to favour each.
  58. Compact; firm; nice; dressed up; being in good order.
  59. Ornaments; proper state of dress; the state of a ship in regard to her cargo, ballast, masts, & c., by which she is well prepared for sailing.
  60. To put in due order for any purpose; to decorate; to dress; to make neat or tidy; to put a vessel in due order for sailing by adjusting the cargo, ballast, & c.; to fluctuate between parties so as to appear to favour each in turn.
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Quotes of trim

  1. Wake the power within thee slumbering, trim the plot that's in thy keeping, thou wilt bless the task when reaping sweet labour's prize. – John Stuart Blackie
  2. Politicians trim and tack in their quest for power, but they do so in order to get the wind of votes in their sails. – Ian Gilmour
  3. The DVD does make it a little easier for myself to trim things that are otherwise very difficult to let loose of- knowing that they'll make it on the DVD. – Jay Roach
  4. Work continuously to trim the White House staff from your first day to your last. All the pressures are to the contrary. – Donald Rumsfeld
  5. I'm still very professional about my fitness. I stay in trim as I always did. – Peter Shilton
  6. A man's sentiments are generally just and right, while it is second selfish thought which makes him trim and adopt some other view. The best reforms are worked out when sentiment operates, as it does in women, with the indignation of righteousness. – Leland Stanford
  7. I have a tree man coming to trim the jacaranda in my front garden. – Moon Unit Zappa

Usage examples for trim

  1. Trim him up with flowers, Chicken, and he'll make a nice green grave for the dear departed. – Chicken Little Jane by Lily Munsell Ritchie
  2. If I remember rightly, your last customer was very much dissatisfied with the trim you gave him. – The Pursuit of the House-Boat by John Kendrick Bangs
  3. " She could dress my hair with infinite taste; she could trim a hat better than most milliners, and she could even make my dresses. – Original Short Stories, Volume 12 (of 13) by Guy de Maupassant Last Updated: February 13, 2009
  4. How trim and charming she looked in her white silk dress! – Molly Brown's Junior Days by Nell Speed
  5. They can trim the edges tomorrow." – Manners of the Age by Horace Brown Fyfe
  6. It is fun to trim it and the little children love it so. – Carl and the Cotton Gin by Sara Ware Bassett
  7. The trim maid answered his ring. – Ashton-Kirk, Criminologist by John T. McIntyre
  8. Trim over last year's hat, if you must, and buy no books for a year except this one, but do have the daily coffee right. – The Myrtle Reed Cook Book by Myrtle Reed
  9. She was as clean and trim as a yacht, and, like a yacht, totally unfit for bad weather. – Unbeaten-Tracks-in-Japan by Bird, Isabella L. (Isabella Lucy)
  10. A slender boy, in a foreign- looking blouse of grey linen; a white collar lay over a ribbon at the throat, stout half boots covered a trim pair of feet, and a broad- brimmed hat flapped low on the forehead. – Moods by Louisa May Alcott
  11. His courage failed him at the thought of walking over that trim lawn and knocking at that closed front door. – Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1905 to 1906 by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  12. Bill Trim who carries all the news, told me to- day. – The Man Thou Gavest by Harriet T. Comstock
  13. Are you in singing trim this morning?" – Melody The Story of a Child by Laura E. Richards
  14. " And the planes are to be landed in Malta in fighting trim – A Yankee Flier in Italy by Rutherford G. Montgomery
  15. You can trim it. – L'Assommoir by Emile Zola
  16. It seems you are necessary to trim the hats properly. – American Fairy Tales by L. Frank Baum
  17. She had painted a startling picture and he had seen that suit, so small and trim before. – The Branding Iron by Katharine Newlin Burt
  18. A man finds the woman of all women fitted to stick him in the soil, and trim and point him to grow, and she's an animal for her pains! – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  19. Visions of the snow- surrounded home in his own country, of the crackling logs and the trim quiet ladies working by the fire, rose up before him. – The Virginians by William Makepeace Thackeray
  20. And he must not look jealous if I occasionally kiss the dear sweet child's little white hand; and ask him- every Sunday at least when I go to Mass, to trim up my rough moustache, for there's nobody in all the wide world understands it so well as he does." – Weird Tales. Vol. I by E. T. A. Hoffmann

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