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Meaning of rim

rim

Pronunciation: (rim), [key]
— n., v., rimmed, rim•ming.
—n.
  1. the outer edge, border, margin, or brink of something, esp. of a circular object.
  2. any edge, margin, or frame added to or around a central object or area.
  3. the outer circle of a wheel, attached to the hub by spokes.
  4. a circular strip of metal forming the connection between an automobile wheel and tire, either permanently attached to or removable from the wheel.
  5. a drive wheel or flywheel, as on a spinning mule.
  6. the metal ring from which the net is suspended to form the basket.
  7. the outer edge of a usually-shaped copy desk, occupied by the copyreaders. Cf.(def. 5).
  8. (in an ingot) an outer layer of metal having a composition different from that of the center.
—v.t.
  1. to furnish with a rim, border, or margin.
  2. (of a golf ball or putt) to roll around the edge of (a hole) but not go in.
  3. (of a basketball) to roll around (the rim of the basket) and not go in.
  4. to coat or encrust the rim of (a glass): Rim each cocktail glass with salt.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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