What does TRIM mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. trim, trimness(noun)

    a state of arrangement or appearance

    "in good trim"

  2. trimming, trim, passementerie(noun)

    a decoration or adornment on a garment

    "the trimming on a hat"; "the trim on a shirt"

  3. trim(noun)

    attitude of an aircraft in flight when allowed to take its own orientation

  4. trim, trimming, clipping(adj)

    cutting down to the desired size or shape

  5. spare, trim(adj)

    thin and fit

    "the spare figure of a marathon runner"; "a body kept trim by exercise"

  6. shipshape, trim, well-kept(adj)

    of places; characterized by order and neatness; free from disorder

    "even the barn was shipshape"; "a trim little sailboat"

  7. clean-cut, trig, trim(adj)

    neat and smart in appearance

    "a clean-cut and well-bred young man"; "the trig corporal in his jaunty cap"; "a trim beard"

  8. tailored, trim(verb)

    severely simple in line or design

    "a neat tailored suit"; "tailored curtains"

  9. pare, trim(verb)

    remove the edges from and cut down to the desired size

    "pare one's fingernails"; "trim the photograph"; "trim lumber"

  10. trim(verb)

    decorate, as with ornaments

    "trim the christmas tree"; "trim a shop window"

  11. reduce, cut down, cut back, trim, trim down, trim back, cut, bring down(verb)

    cut down on; make a reduction in

    "reduce your daily fat intake"; "The employer wants to cut back health benefits"

  12. trim(verb)

    balance in flight by regulating the control surfaces

    "trim an airplane"

  13. trim(verb)

    be in equilibrium during a flight

    "The airplane trimmed"

  14. trim, garnish, dress(verb)

    decorate (food), as with parsley or other ornamental foods

  15. snip, clip, crop, trim, lop, dress, prune, cut back(verb)

    cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of

    "dress the plants in the garden"

  16. shave, trim(verb)

    cut closely

    "trim my beard"

  17. trim(verb)

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


  1. trim(Noun)

    decoration; especially, decoration placed along edges or borders

    Paint the house white with blue trim.

  2. trim(Noun)

    a haircut, especially a moderate one to touch up an existing style

    I went to the hairdresser for a trim and came back nearly bald.

  3. trim(Noun)

    the manner in which something is equipped or adorned; especially, of a car

    The car comes in three different trims.

  4. trim(Noun)

    sexual intercourse

  5. trim(Noun)

    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

  6. trim(Noun)

    The arrangement of the sails with reference to the wind.

  7. trim(Verb)

    to reduce slightly; to cut; especially, to remove excess; e.g. 'trim a hedge', 'trim a beard'.

  8. trim(Verb)

    to decorate or adorn; especially, to decorate a Christmas tree

    They traditionally trim the tree on Christmas Eve.

  9. trim(Verb)

    To modify the angle of a vessel to the water by shifting cargo or ballast; to adjust for sailing; to assume, or cause a vessel to assume, a certain position, or trim, in the water. (FM 55-501).

  10. trim(Verb)

    To modify the angle of a vessel's sails relative to the wind, especially to set the sails to the most advantageous angle.

  11. trim(Adverb)

    In good order, properly managed or maintained.

  12. trim(Adverb)

    With sails well trimmed.

  13. trim(Adjective)

    physically fit

    He goes jogging every day to keep trim.

  14. trim(Adjective)

    slender, lean; as a trim figure

  15. trim(Adjective)

    neat or smart in appearance; as a trim lawn

Webster Dictionary

  1. Trim(verb)

    to make trim; to put in due order for any purpose; to make right, neat, or pleasing; to adjust

  2. Trim(verb)

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

  3. Trim(verb)

    to make ready or right by cutting or shortening; to clip or lop; to curtail; as, to trim the hair; to trim a tree

  4. Trim(verb)

    to dress, as timber; to make smooth

  5. Trim(verb)

    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

  6. Trim(verb)

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

  7. Trim(verb)

    to rebuke; to reprove; also, to beat

  8. Trim(verb)

    to balance; to fluctuate between parties, so as to appear to favor each

  9. Trim(noun)

    dress; gear; ornaments

  10. Trim(noun)

    order; disposition; condition; as, to be in good trim

  11. Trim(noun)

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

  12. Trim(noun)

    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

  13. Trim(verb)

    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


  1. Trim

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Trim

    trim, adj. in good order: nice.—v.t. to make trim: to put in due order: to dress: to decorate: to clip: to reduce to proper form: to arrange for sailing: to rebuke sharply, to thrash.—v.i. to balance or fluctuate between parties:—pr.p. trim′ming; pa.t. and pa.p. trimmed.—n. dress: ornaments: state of a ship as to sailing qualities: arrangement.—adv. Trim′ly.—ns. Trim′mer, one who trims: one who fluctuates between parties, a time-server: a scold: a small horizontal beam on a floor into which the ends of joists are framed: a float bearing a baited hook and line, used in fishing for pike; Trim′ming, that which trims: ornamental parts, esp. of a garment, dish, &c.: (pl.) fittings.—adv. Trim′mingly.—n. Trim′ness. [A.S. trymian, to strengthen, set in order—trum, firm.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. trim

    The difference in draft at the bow and stern of a vessel or the manner in which a vessel floats in the water based on the distribution of cargo, stores and ballast aboard the vessel. See also draft; watercraft.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of TRIM in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of TRIM in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Bill Clinton:

    As long as you don't parade around naked before the bath. You're too young and too trim.

  2. Analyst Labib Kamhawi:

    Jordan is simply trying to trim the Brotherhood in power and size, to be able to manage it easily.

  3. Morgan Stanley:

    A 5 percent cost trim could boost 2017 earnings per share by 11 percent and by 8 percent over 2017-21.

  4. Victor Sedinger:

    Clogged gutters and downspouts can cause the wood trim at the eaves to rot, and that can invite all kinds of critters into your attic space.

  5. Omar Fall:

    We're also looking at them to reduce the scope of their European retail operations, preferably to zero, and to trim back the residual German retail operations.

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Translations for TRIM

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • zastřihnout, zkrátitCzech
  • zurückschneiden, schneiden, Verkleidung, kürzen, Segeltrimmung, gepflegt, stutzen, Innenausstattung, fit, schlank, Trimm, schmücken, Ausstattung, nachschneidenGerman
  • ĉirkaŭhakiEsperanto
  • recortarSpanish
  • tasapaino, varustelutaso, trimmata, tasoitus, koristella, leikata, trimmi, säätää, viimeistely, trimmaus, tasapainottaaFinnish
  • assiette, taillerFrench
  • tagliare, in forma, assetto (nave-aereo), bilanciare, decorare, orientamento, spuntata (capelli-barba-baffi)Italian
  • tauta, kaikauauMāori
  • aparar, cortar, podar, decorarPortuguese
  • подстричь, обрезать, опрятный, сократитьRussian
  • trimningSwedish
  • ayarlamak, süslemek, yontmak, tıraş etmekTurkish

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