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Meaning & Definition of Trim in English

English

Trim

/trɪm/

noun

1. A state of arrangement or appearance

  • "In good trim"
    synonym:
  • trim
  • ,
  • trimness

2. A decoration or adornment on a garment

  • "The trimming on a hat"
  • "The trim on a shirt"
    synonym:
  • trimming
  • ,
  • trim
  • ,
  • passementerie

3. Attitude of an aircraft in flight when allowed to take its own orientation

    synonym:
  • trim

4. Cutting down to the desired size or shape

    synonym:
  • trim
  • ,
  • trimming
  • ,
  • clipping

verb

1. Remove the edges from and cut down to the desired size

  • "Pare one's fingernails"
  • "Trim the photograph"
  • "Trim lumber"
    synonym:
  • pare
  • ,
  • trim

2. Decorate, as with ornaments

  • "Trim the christmas tree"
  • "Trim a shop window"
    synonym:
  • trim

3. Cut down on

  • Make a reduction in
  • "Reduce your daily fat intake"
  • "The employer wants to cut back health benefits"
    synonym:
  • reduce
  • ,
  • cut down
  • ,
  • cut back
  • ,
  • trim
  • ,
  • trim down
  • ,
  • trim back
  • ,
  • cut
  • ,
  • bring down

4. Balance in flight by regulating the control surfaces

  • "Trim an airplane"
    synonym:
  • trim

5. Be in equilibrium during a flight

  • "The airplane trimmed"
    synonym:
  • trim

6. Decorate (food), as with parsley or other ornamental foods

    synonym:
  • trim
  • ,
  • garnish
  • ,
  • dress

7. Cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of

  • "Dress the plants in the garden"
    synonym:
  • snip
  • ,
  • clip
  • ,
  • crop
  • ,
  • trim
  • ,
  • lop
  • ,
  • dress
  • ,
  • prune
  • ,
  • cut back

8. Cut closely

  • "Trim my beard"
    synonym:
  • shave
  • ,
  • trim

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

    synonym:
  • trim

adjective

1. Thin and fit

  • "The spare figure of a marathon runner"
  • "A body kept trim by exercise"
    synonym:
  • spare
  • ,
  • trim

2. Of places

  • Characterized by order and neatness
  • Free from disorder
  • "Even the barn was shipshape"
  • "A trim little sailboat"
    synonym:
  • shipshape
  • ,
  • trim
  • ,
  • well-kept

3. Neat and smart in appearance

  • "A clean-cut and well-bred young man"
  • "The trig corporal in his jaunty cap"
  • "A trim beard"
    synonym:
  • clean-cut
  • ,
  • trig
  • ,
  • trim

4. Severely simple in line or design

  • "A neat tailored suit"
  • "Tailored curtains"
    synonym:
  • tailored
  • ,
  • trim