Definitions of trim

  1. To fluctuate between parties, so as to seem to favour each.
  2. To make trim; to put in due order for any purpose; to make right, neat, or pleasing; to adjust.
  3. To dress; to decorate; to adorn; to invest; to embellish; as, to trim a hat.
  4. To make ready or right by cutting or shortening; to clip or lop; to curtail; as, to trim the hair; to trim a tree.
  5. To dress, as timber; to make smooth.
  6. 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.
  7. To arrange in due order for sailing; as, to trim the sails.
  8. To rebuke; to reprove; also, to beat.
  9. 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.
  10. To make trim: to put in due order: to dress: to decorate: to clip: to reduce to proper form: to arrange for sailing.
  11. To make trim; decorate; clip; balance, as a ship afloat.
  12. To put in shape; prune; clip; decorate; balance, as a vessel.
  13. 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.
  14. To balance or fluctuate between parties:- pr. p. trimming; pa. t. and pa. p. trimmed.
  15. decorate ( food), as with parsley or other ornamental foods
  16. balance in flight by regulating the control surfaces; " trim an airplane"
  17. adjust ( sails on a ship) so that the wind is optimally used
  18. cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of; " dress the plants in the garden"
  19. To change sides for gain or safety.
  20. To be or keep in equilibrium; said of a vessel.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. Trimming.
  24. cutting down to the desired size or shape
  25. attitude of an aircraft in flight when allowed to take its own orientation
  26. a state of arrangement or appearance; " in good trim"
  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. Trimmer.
  32. Order; adjustment; dress; style; gear; fitness for sailing: said of a ship; suitable condition; as, they found everything in trim for the start.
  33. Trimness.
  34. Dress: ornaments: state of a ship as to sailing qualities.
  35. Dress; order.
  36. State of adjustment; equipment; condition.
  37. Costume; dress.
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. Trimly.
  41. ( of persons) neat and smart in appearance; " a clean- cut and well- bred young man"; " the trig corporal in his jaunty cap"
  42. severely simple in line or design; " a neat tailored suit"; " tailored curtains"
  43. remove the edges from and cut down to the desired size; " pare one's fingernails"; " trim the photograph"; " trim lumber"
  44. decorate, as with ornaments; " trim the christmas tree"; " trim a shop window"
  45. be in equilibrium during a flight; " The airplane trimmed"
  46. 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.
  47. Neat; compact; as a trim, slender figure; being in good order; as, her hair was neat and trim.
  48. In good order: nice.
  49. Compact; neat; in order.
  50. Adjusted to a nicety; spruce.
  51. Firm; compact; tight; being in good order.
  52. Compact; firm; nice; dressed up; being in good order.