trim

Definitions

General English

Agriculture

  • verb to cut off the end parts of something, e.g. the shoots from a bush or a hedge, usually to give the object a neater shape

Aviation

  • noun a condition in which an aircraft is in static balance in pitch
  • verb to adjust trimmers in order to get the required hands-off pitch attitude

Cars & Driving

  • noun a car’s interior decoration, including the upholstery, roof and door linings.
  • noun a car’s exterior decoration, including wheel trims, rubbing strips, bezels

Construction

Electronics

  • To make fine adjustments in an instrument, setting, level, or the like. Performed, for instance, when calibrating an instrument.

Food

  • verb to cut off parts of meat or fish because they are not needed

Media Studies

  • noun a piece of film eliminated from a shot during editing

Publishing

  • noun the action of cutting the edges of the folded pages of a book as it is being bound
  • verb to cut off a small portion of something around its edge

Slang

  • noun a female, especially an attractive girl. A briefly fashionable phrase used in hip circles and among medical students, etc. in the early 1990s. It was probably adapted from the (somewhat dated) black American use of the word to denote the female genitals or women as sex objects.
  • verb to kill. The term was employed in the US film, Plain Clothes, in 1988.

Travel

  • noun the act of cutting something short to make it tidy
  • verb to cut something short to make it tidy
  • verb to cut back or reduce

Origin & History of “trim”

The origins of trim are uncertain, but it may come from an unrecorded middle English verb *trimmen ‘arrange’, a descendant of Old English trymman or trymian ‘make stronger or firmer’
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