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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
trim your nails (=cut a small amount off)
▪ His nails were neatly trimmed.
trimmed with...braid
▪ a jacket trimmed with red braid
▪ Positive curvature of edges can be trimmed away, if necessary, to give straight edges in plan.
▪ Smooth the corners neatly and trim away any excess.
▪ Surplus glue is easily trimmed away with a sharp knife.
▪ Cover the cake drum, smoothing on and trimming away excess around the base.
▪ This will reveal any overgrowth of the claws, which will have to be trimmed back.
▪ The Supreme Court in recent years has taken steps to trim back the ability of prisoners to file successive habeas petitions.
▪ The resulting fall in demand also forced other companies to trim back production and lay off workers.
▪ In February, you must trim back to a fat bud.
▪ So please could you arrange to have the hedges trimmed back as soon as convenient.
▪ Trailing wires can so easily be cut when trimming back hedges or mowing long grass.
▪ The Government said that if we worked hard and trimmed down we would survive.
▪ The new charter, which was trimmed down to just 82 pages, replaces the chief administrative officer with a city administrator.
▪ The arm is still oversized and can be trimmed down to join neatly on to the post.
▪ So he started exercising regularly and eating low-calorie foods and, lo and behold, trimmed down to a svelte 290.
▪ By trimming down the first act, they kept the pace going, and the second act benefited.
▪ Press down the edges to seal and trim off the excess pastry.
▪ Gently press dough against bottom and sides of pan. Trim off excess dough and attractively crimp edges along pan rim.
▪ To accommodate it on the upflow tube we've had to trim off another inch or so of piping with the hacksaw.
▪ Every two months or so, have half an inch trimmed off to get rid of dryness.
▪ He says they have a few pounds to trim off the engine but that will be achieved by Imola.
▪ A persistent critic of profligate government, he now has his chance to trim the deficit.
▪ Transfer to the drum to cover, and trim the edges.
▪ Cut out long thin strips for trimming around the top edge of the boat and fix on with a dampened paint brush.
▪ Cut out strips and use to cover the board, trim the edge and smooth any joins.
▪ Press in and smooth, and trim the edges neatly.
▪ Almost all the banks have been steadily trimming rates over the past couple of months to boost their margins.
▪ The central bank trimmed the discount rate to a record low 0. 5 percent in September.
▪ Remember to keep toe-nails trim and prettily painted as you show your feet to the world.
▪ He said the trees could remain if Pimentel kept them trimmed.
▪ Ten minutes in the morning should keep you trim.
▪ Thus some minds for ever keep trimming boat.
▪ In each of those years, estate workers have had to keep it trimmed.
▪ The clearing would have been long gone by now, but I keep it roughly trimmed.
▪ By trimming costs and improving service the hotel has now started to make a profit again.
▪ Congress plans to trim $200 million from the Pentagon budget.
▪ Could you just trim my hair at the back?
▪ Do you think the hedge needs trimming?
▪ I need to trim my mustache.
▪ The proposed bill would trim welfare spending by $5 billion.
▪ We trimmed the bushes in front of the house.
▪ In February, you must trim back to a fat bud.
▪ Press down the edges to seal and trim off the excess pastry.
▪ Stocks and bonds yesterday trimmed part of their losses made earlier this week.
▪ The council had to trim its £21.6m spending plans by £1.4m, due to the Government's capping limits.
▪ The house was made of gingerbread and trimmed with raisins and nuts.
▪ Use a sharp knife to trim round fittings or skirting boards - obviously this needs to be done with care.
▪ She glanced up to see a familiar trim figure strolling languidly out of the entrance to the Members' Enclosure.
▪ Fashionable lacing on the waistband of these trousers helps to accentuate a trim figure.
▪ Men find her trim figure and neat little face with its impossibly turned-up nose, very appealing.
▪ a trim suburban yard
▪ a trim, neatly dressed young man
▪ Walking to work helps her keep trim.
▪ Fashionable lacing on the waistband of these trousers helps to accentuate a trim figure.
▪ He looks trim and well turned out in a new dark suit.
▪ It was a trim white house with a ladder leaning against it.
▪ Neither one spoke now as they came up the brick walk toward the trim white Cape.
▪ They appear in health club ads, fit, trim and tanned, with impossibly taut abdomens.
▪ Borough Hall was a brick building with white trim.
▪ I'm going to the barbershop to get a trim.
▪ Ian gave Sue's hair a trim before shampooing it.
▪ Ersatz wood trim out of place on a pricey sport-ute.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Trim \Trim\, n.

  1. Dress; gear; ornaments.

    Seeing him just pass the window in his woodland trim.
    --Sir W. Scott.

  2. Order; disposition; condition; as, to be in good trim. `` The trim of an encounter.''

  3. The state of a ship or her cargo, ballast, masts, etc., by which she is well prepared for sailing.

  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.

    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.


Trim \Trim\, v. i. To balance; to fluctuate between parties, so as to appear to favor each.


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.

With comely carriage of her countenance trim.

So deemed I till I viewed their trim array Of boats last night.


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.

    The hermit trimmed his little fire.

  2. To dress; to decorate; to adorn; to invest; to embellish; as, to trim a hat.

    A rotten building newly trimmed over.

    I was trimmed in Julia's gown.

  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.''

  4. (Carp.) To dress, as timber; to make smooth.

  5. (Naut.)

    1. 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.

    2. To arrange in due order for sailing; as, to trim the sails.

  6. To rebuke; to reprove; also, to beat. [Colloq.]

    To trim in (Carp.), to fit, as a piece of timber, into other work.

    To trim up, to dress; to put in order.

    I found her trimming up the diadem On her dead mistress.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

mid-15c., probably from Old English trymian, trymman "strengthen, fortify, confirm; comfort; incite; set in order, arrange, prepare, make ready; become strong," from trum "strong, stable," from Proto-Germanic *trum-, from PIE *dru-mo-, suffixed form of *deru- "to be firm, solid, steadfast" (see true). Examples in Middle English are wanting.\n

\nOriginal sense is preserved in nautical phrase in fighting trim (see trim (n.)); where the verb meant "distribute the load of a ship so she floats on an even keel" (1570s). Meaning "make neat by cutting" is first recorded 1520s; that of "decorate, adorn" is from 1540s. Sense of "reduce" is attested from 1966.


"state of being prepared," 1580s, nautical jargon, "fit for sailing," from trim (v.). From 1570s as "ornament, decoration;" the meaning "visible woodwork of a house" is recorded from 1884; sense of "ornamental additions to an automobile" is from 1922. Slang meaning "a woman regarded as a sex object" is attested from 1955, American English.


c.1500, "neatly or smartly dressed," probably ultimately from trim (v.) or from related Old English trum "firm, fixed, secure, strong, sound, vigorous, active." Related: Trimly; trimness.

  1. 1 physically fit. 2 slender, lean. 3 neat or smart in appearance. adv. 1 (context nautical English) In good order, properly managed or maintained. 2 (context nautical English) With sails well trimmed. n. 1 (context uncountable English) decoration; especially, decoration placed along edges or borders. 2 (context countable English) A haircut, especially a moderate one to touch up an existing style. 3 Dress; gear; ornaments. 4 (context countable English) The manner in which something is equipped or adorned; order; disposition. 5 (context uncountable slang mildly vulgar English) sexual intercourse. 6 (context nautical English) The fore-and-aft angle of the vessel to the water, with reference to the cargo and ballast; the manner in which a vessel floats on the water, whether on an even keel or down by the head or stern. 7 (context nautical English) The arrangement of the sails with reference to the wind. v

  2. 1 (context transitive English) To reduce slightly; to cut; especially, to remove excess; e.g. 'trim a hedge', 'trim a beard'. The adposition ''of'' can be used in present perfect tense to designate the removed part. 2 (context transitive English) To decorate or adorn; especially, to decorate a Christmas tree.

  1. n. a state of arrangement or appearance; "in good trim" [syn: trimness]

  2. a decoration or adornment on a garment; "the trimming on a hat"; "the trim on a shirt" [syn: trimming, 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: trimming, clipping]

  5. [also: trimming, trimmed, trimmest, trimmer]

  1. adj. thin and fit; "the spare figure of a marathon runner"; "a body kept trim by exercise" [syn: spare]

  2. (used of hair) neat and tidy; "a nicely kempt beard" [syn: kempt, tidy]

  3. of places; characterized by order and neatness; free from disorder; "even the barn was shipshape"; "a trim little sailboat" [syn: shipshape, well-kept]

  4. (of persons) neat and smart in appearance; "a clean-cut and well-bred young man"; "the trig corporal in his jaunty cap" [syn: clean-cut, trig]

  5. severely simple in line or design; "a neat tailored suit"; "tailored curtains" [syn: tailored]

  6. [also: trimming, trimmed, trimmest, trimmer]

  1. v. remove the edges from and cut down to the desired size; "pare one's fingernails"; "trim the photograph"; "trim lumber" [syn: pare]

  2. decorate, as with ornaments; "trim the christmas tree"; "trim a shop window"

  3. cut down on; make a reduction in; "reduce your daily fat intake"; "The employer wants to cut back health benefits" [syn: reduce, cut down, cut back, trim down, trim back, cut, bring down]

  4. balance in flight by regulating the control surfaces; "trim an airplane"

  5. be in equilibrium during a flight; "The airplane trimmed"

  6. decorate (food), as with parsley or other ornamental foods [syn: garnish, dress]

  7. cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of; "dress the plants in the garden" [syn: snip, clip, crop, lop, dress, prune, cut back]

  8. cut closely; "trim my beard" [syn: shave]

  9. adjust (sails on a ship) so that the wind is optimally used

  10. [also: trimming, trimmed, trimmest, trimmer]


Trim may refer to:

Trim (cat)

Trim was a ship's cat that accompanied Matthew Flinders on his voyages to circumnavigate and map the coastline of Australia in 1801–03.

Trim (Parliament of Ireland constituency)

Trim was a constituency represented in the Irish House of Commons until 1800.

Trim (sewing)

Trim or trimming in clothing and home decorating is applied ornament, such as gimp, passementerie, ribbon, ruffles, or, as a verb, to apply such ornament.

Before the industrial revolution, all trim was made and applied by hand, thus making heavily trimmed furnishings and garments expensive and high-status. Machine-woven trims and sewing machines put these dense trimmings within the reach of even modest dressmakers and home sewers, and an abundance of trimming is a characteristic of mid- Victorian fashion. As a predictable reaction, high fashion came to emphasize exquisiteness of cut and construction over denseness of trimming, and applied trim became a signifier of mass-produced clothing by the 1930s. The iconic braid and gold button trim of the Chanel suit are a notable survival of trim in high fashion.

In home decorating, the 1980s and 1990s saw a fashion for dense, elaborately layered trimmings on upholstered furniture and drapery.

Today, most trimmings are commercially manufactured. Scalamandré is known for elaborate trim for home furnishings, and Wrights is a leading manufacturer of trim for home sewing and crafts. Trims are used generally to enhance the beauty of the garments. It attracts buyers. Appropriate use of it creates more value of the product.

Trim (computing)

A trim command (known as TRIM in the ATA command set, and UNMAP in the SCSI command set) allows an operating system to inform a solid-state drive (SSD) which blocks of data are no longer considered in use and can be wiped internally.

Trim was introduced soon after SSDs were introduced. Because low-level operation of SSDs differs significantly from hard drives, the typical way in which operating systems handle operations like deletes and formats resulted in unanticipated progressive performance degradation of write operations on SSDs. Trimming enables the SSD to handle garbage collection overhead, which would otherwise significantly slow down future write operations to the involved blocks, in advance.

Although tools to "reset" some drives to a fresh state were already available before the introduction of trimming, they also delete all data on the drive, which makes them impractical to use for ongoing optimization. By 2014, many SSDs had internal idle/background garbage collection mechanisms that work independently of trimming; although this successfully maintains their performance even under operating systems that do not support trim, it has the associated drawbacks of increased write amplification and wear of the flash cells.

Trim (rapper)

Trim, born Javan St. Prix (18 April 1984) and formerly known as Taliban Trim is an English grime MC from East London and a former member of Roll Deep. He is a cousin of Roll Deep member DJ Karnage, former Roll Deep member Roachee, footballer Leon Knight and grime MC Lee Brasco. Despite limited commercial success, Trim has won much praise and a cult following for his eclectic subject matter, beat selection and delivery.

Usage examples of "trim".

Then supper was prepared sumptuously, and the new companion said unto the other, You ought to accompt me not onely your Captaine in robbery and fight, but also in pleasures and jolity, whereupon by and by with pleasant cheere he prepared meat, and trimming up the house he set all things in order, and brought the pottage and dainty dishes to the Table: but above all he plyed them wel with great pots and jugs of wine.

But he is not ready to tell Botkin or Koss the wildest of his suspicions: the double helix somehow codes not only for its own messenger, but also for the elusive adaptor, the ribosome assembly line, and all the enzymes needed to recognize the adaptor, affix the amino acids, promote the growing chain, and trim the finished proteins.

Her skin glowed with the soft luster of creamy satin, and through the cloth he saw the inward curve of her waist, amazingly small in its unlaced freedom, the trim and seductive roundness of her hips, and the lithe grace of her limbs.

He was still attired in silks and satins of the gaudiest hues, still carefully trimmed as to hair and beard, still redolent of perfumes.

Margo trimmed their attitude by adjusting the amount of ordinary air contained in ballonets inside the hydrogen bag.

Lefevre was a country dame, a widow, one of these half peasants, with ribbons and bonnets with trimming on them, one of those persons who clipped her words and put on great airs in public, concealing the soul of a pretentious animal beneath a comical and bedizened exterior, just as the country-folks hide their coarse red hands in ecru silk gloves.

The houses of the workpeople at Blarney are neat and trim, white and clean, and a repose to the eyes of beholders, sick of slouching thatch and bulging mud walls.

Making sure that the lama could see what he was doing, he took out his dagger, cut a branch from a nearby thicket, and proceeded to trim off the twigs and branchlets until only a stout stick remained.

He wore the diagonally striped old school tie, his hair was brilliantined and carefully brushed, and the sleek lines of the mustache had been trimmed that morning.

Like Hegarty he wore a brimless cap of black velvet with matching mantle and tabard, except that his pockets and hems were trimmed with grey.

Trim housemaids were hurrying backwards and forwards under the directions of a fresh bustling landlady, but still seizing an occasional moment to exchange a flippant word and have a rallying laugh with the group round the fire.

The connection of the laterals with the mains, the laying of the larger sizes of tiles so as to form a close joint, the wedging of these larger tiles firmly into their places, and the trimming which is necessary in going around sharp curves, and in putting in the shorter pieces which are needed to fill out the exact length of the drain, demand more skill and judgment than are often found in the common ditcher.

There he had his hair trimmed in the Peabody barbershop, and had his nails done while he was in the barber chair by the Peabody manicurist, Bonnie Lee Rayfus.

He was followed by a dietician who was force-fed boiling pabulum until he choked to death, a cook who was microwaved, a carpenter-handyman who was sawed in half, a manicurist who was fatally trimmed, a houri who was impaled.

Adrestus joined by Amphius trim in linen corslet, the two good sons of Merops out of Percote harbor, Merops adept beyond all men in the mantic arts.