1. a state of arrangement or appearance;
- Example: "in good trim"
[syn: trim, trimness]
2. a decoration or adornment on a garment;
- Example: "the trimming on a hat"
- Example: "the trim on a shirt"
[syn: trimming, trim, passementerie]
3. attitude of an aircraft in flight when allowed to take its own orientation;
4. cutting down to the desired size or shape;
[syn: trim, trimming, clipping]
1. remove the edges from and cut down to the desired size;
- Example: "pare one's fingernails"
- Example: "trim the photograph"
- Example: "trim lumber"
[syn: pare, trim]
2. decorate, as with ornaments;
- Example: "trim the christmas tree"
- Example: "trim a shop window"
3. cut down on; make a reduction in;
- Example: "reduce your daily fat intake"
- Example: "The employer wants to cut back health benefits"
[syn: reduce, cut down, cut back, trim, trim down, trim back, cut, bring down]
4. balance in flight by regulating the control surfaces;
- Example: "trim an airplane"
5. be in equilibrium during a flight;
- Example: "The airplane trimmed"
6. decorate (food), as with parsley or other ornamental foods;
[syn: trim, garnish, dress]
7. cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of;
- Example: "dress the plants in the garden"
[syn: snip, clip, crop, trim, lop, dress, prune, cut back]
8. cut closely;
- Example: "trim my beard"
[syn: shave, trim]
9. adjust (sails on a ship) so that the wind is optimally used;
1. thin and fit;
- Example: "the spare figure of a marathon runner"
- Example: "a body kept trim by exercise"
[syn: spare, trim]
2. of places; characterized by order and neatness; free from disorder;
- Example: "even the barn was shipshape"
- Example: "a trim little sailboat"
[syn: shipshape, trim, well-kept]
3. neat and smart in appearance;
- Example: "a clean-cut and well-bred young man"
- Example: "the trig corporal in his jaunty cap"
- Example: "a trim beard"
[syn: clean-cut, trig, trim]
4. severely simple in line or design;
- Example: "a neat tailored suit"
- Example: "tailored curtains"
[syn: tailored, trim]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Trim \Trim\, a. [Compar. Trimmer; superl. Trimmest.] [See Trim, v. t.] 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. [1913 Webster] With comely carriage of her countenance trim. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] So deemed I till I viewed their trim array Of boats last night. --Trench. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Trim \Trim\, v. i. To balance; to fluctuate between parties, so as to appear to favor each. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Trim \Trim\, n. 1. Dress; gear; ornaments. [1913 Webster] Seeing him just pass the window in his woodland trim. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] 2. Order; disposition; condition; as, to be in good trim. " The trim of an encounter." --Chapman. [1913 Webster] 3. The state of a ship or her cargo, ballast, masts, etc., by which she is well prepared for sailing. [1913 Webster] 4. (Arch) 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. [1913 Webster] In ballast trim (Naut.), having only ballast on board. --R. H. Dana, Jr. Trim of the masts (Naut.), their position in regard to the ship and to each other, as near or distant, far forward or much aft, erect or raking. Trim of sails (Naut.), that adjustment, with reference to the wind, witch is best adapted to impel the ship forward. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Trim \Trim\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Trimmed; p. pr. & vb. n. Trimming.] [OE. trimen, trumen, AS. trymian, trymman, to prepare, dispose, make strong, fr. trum firm, strong; of uncertain origin.] 1. To make trim; to put in due order for any purpose; to make right, neat, or pleasing; to adjust. [1913 Webster] The hermit trimmed his little fire. --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster] 2. To dress; to decorate; to adorn; to invest; to embellish; as, to trim a hat. [1913 Webster] A rotten building newly trimmed over. --Milton. [1913 Webster] I was trimmed in Julia's gown. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. To make ready or right by cutting or shortening; to clip or lop; to curtail; as, to trim the hair; to trim a tree. " And trimmed the cheerful lamp." --Byron. [1913 Webster] 4. (Carp.) To dress, as timber; to make smooth. [1913 Webster] 5. (Naut.) (a) 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. (b) To arrange in due order for sailing; as, to trim the sails. [1913 Webster] 6. To rebuke; to reprove; also, to beat. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] To trim in (Carp.), to fit, as a piece of timber, into other work. To trim up, to dress; to put in order. [1913 Webster] I found her trimming up the diadem On her dead mistress. --Shak. [1913 Webster]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
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