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RIT 3 

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IT 2MI 4
TI 2 

All 4 letters words made out of trim

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Definitions and meaning of trim



From Middle English trimen, trymen, trümen, from Old English trymman (to make firm; strengthen), from Proto-Germanic *trumjaną (to make fast; strengthen), from Proto-Germanic *trumaz (firm; strong; sound).


  • IPA(key): /tɹɪm/, [t̠ʰɹ̠̊ɪm]
  • Rhymes: -ɪm


trim (third-person singular simple present trims, present participle trimming, simple past and past participle trimmed)

  1. (transitive) To reduce slightly; to cut; especially, to remove excess.
  2. (transitive) To decorate or adorn; especially of a Christmas tree.
  3. (transitive, aviation, of an aircraft) To adjust the positions of control surfaces, sometimes using trim tabs, so as to modify or eliminate the aircraft's tendency to pitch, roll, or yaw when the cockpit controls are released.
  4. (transitive, nautical, of a vessel) To modify the angle relative to the water by shifting cargo or ballast; to adjust for sailing; to assume, or cause to assume a certain position, or trim, in the water.
    • 1883, Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island
      The captain made us trim the boat, and we got her to lie a little more evenly.
  5. (transitive, nautical, of a vessel's sails) To modify the angle (of the sails) relative to the wind, especially to set them at the most advantageous angle.
  6. (dated) To balance; to fluctuate between parties, so as to appear to favour each.
  7. (transitive) 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.
  8. (transitive, carpentry, of timber) To dress; to make smooth.
  9. (transitive, dated) To rebuke; to reprove.
  10. (transitive, dated) To beat or thrash.
  11. (transitive, historical) To cut back the wick of (a lamp) to maintain a clean, bright flame.
    • 1811, The Tradesman (volume 7, page 420)
      The lamp, or candle, which lights the binnacle, is placed in the cabin, of course the expence of one light is saved, and all the inconveniences of blowing out in a squally night, and likewise the trouble of trimming the lamp, are avoided.
  12. (transitive, by extension) To change the carbon rods of (an arc lamp).
    • 1892, English Mechanic and World of Science (page 444)
      To trim an arc lamp, first remove the old carbons and carefully and thoroughly wipe the carbon rods, holders, &c. with a clean, dry rag. [] Having cleaned the rods, next wipe out the globe and get ready the fresh carbons.

Derived terms

  • betrim
  • mistrim
  • retrim



trim (countable and uncountable, plural trims)

  1. (uncountable) Decoration; especially, decoration placed along edges or borders.
  2. (countable) A haircut, especially a moderate one to touch up an existing style.
  3. Dress; gear; ornaments.
  4. (countable) The manner in which something is equipped or adorned; order; disposition.
    • 1614, George Chapman, Andromeda Liberata
      The measure and whole trim of comeliness
  5. (uncountable, aviation, of an aircraft) The state of adjustment of control surfaces such that the desired attitude can be maintained without requiring the continuous application of force to the cockpit controls.
  6. (uncountable, aviation, by extension) The mechanism(s) used to trim an aircraft in roll, pitch, and/or yaw.
  7. (uncountable, slang, mildly vulgar) Sexual intercourse.
    • 1969, Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, New York: Bantam, 1971, Chapter 35, pp. 239-240,[3]
      “Take me somewhere.”
      His response lacked dignity, but in fairness to him I admit that I had left him little chance to be suave.
      He asked, “You mean, you’re going to give me some trim?”
  8. (nautical) 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.
  9. (nautical) The arrangement of the sails with reference to the wind.

Derived terms

  • out of trim
  • trim tab



trim (comparative trimmer, superlative trimmest)

  1. Physically fit.
  2. Slender, lean.
  3. Neat or smart in appearance.
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing, Act 4 Scene 1
      [] manhood is melted into curtsies, valour into compliment, and men are only turned into tongue, and trim ones too: he is now as valiant as Hercules that only tells a lie and swears it.



trim (not comparable)

  1. (nautical) In good order; properly managed or maintained.
  2. (nautical) With sails well trimmed.




Alternative forms

  • trajm (Gheg) [tɾajm]


From Proto-Albanian *trim-, most likely from Proto-Indo-European *ter- (soft, weak, young). Cognate with Sanskrit तरुण (táruṇa, young) and Armenian թարմ (tʿarm, young, fresh). Alternatively from Proto-Indo-European *trem(s)- (to thump; to tremble). Compare Latin tremō (tremble), Lithuanian trìmti (shake, tremble), Tocharian A tröm (in rage, fury) and Tocharian B tremi (rage, fury).


trim m (indefinite plural trima, definite singular trimi, definite plural trimat)

  1. man, manful
  2. hero
  3. courageous
  4. valiant, valorous
  5. brave, hardy




  • Rhymes: -ɪm



  1. first-person singular present indicative of trimmen
  2. imperative of trimmen




  1. dative plural masculine form of trīs
  2. instrumental plural masculine form of trīs
  3. dative plural feminine form of trīs
  4. instrumental plural feminine form of trīs

  • having three cells or cavities; as, a trilocular heart.
    (source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)