American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The rim or uppermost edge of a hollow container or natural basin.
- n. A projecting rim or edge: the brim of a hat.
- n. A border or an edge. See Synonyms at border.
- n. Full capacity: "No sooner had the fighting started than the hotel filled to the brim with a most extraordinary collection of people” ( George Orwell).
- v. To be full to the brim, often to overflowing: The cup is brimming with chowder.
- v. To be abundantly filled or supplied: a monument brimming with tourists; workers brimming with pride.
- v. To fill to the brim.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The sea; ocean; water; flood.
- n. A brink, edge, or margin; more especially, the line of junction between a body of water and its bank, or between the bank and the adjoining level: as, to descend to the brim of a lake; the river is full to the brim.
- n. The upper edge of anything hollow: as, the brim of a cup.
- n. A projecting edge, border, or rim round anything hollow: as, the brim of a hat.
- To fill to the brim, upper edge, or top.
- To be full to the brim: as, a brimming glass.
- To coast along near; skirt.
- To brim over, to run over the brim; overflow: often used in a figurative sense.
- To be in heat, as a boar or sow.
- Famous; celebrated; well known; notorious.
- Violent; fierce; terrible; sharp.
- Strong; powerful.
- Sharp; acute.
- n. A fish of the family Centrarchidæ, the long-eared sunfish, Lepomis auritus.
- n. The forehead.
- n. obsolete The sea; ocean; water; flood.
- n. an edge or border (originally specifically of the sea or a body of water)
- n. the topmost rim or lip of a container
- n. a projecting rim, especially of a hat
- v. to be full to overflowing
- v. Of pigs: to be in heat, to rut.
- adj. obsolete fierce; sharp; cold
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The rim, border, or upper edge of a cup, dish, or any hollow vessel used for holding anything.
- n. The edge or margin, as of a fountain, or of the water contained in it; the brink; border.
- n. The rim of a hat.
- v. To be full to the brim.
- v. To fill to the brim, upper edge, or top.
- adj. obsolete Fierce; sharp; cold. See breme.
- v. be completely full
- n. the top edge of a vessel or other container
- v. fill as much as possible
- n. a circular projection that sticks outward from the crown of a hat
- From Middle English, from Old English brim, brym, brymm ("surf, flood, wave, sea, ocean, water, sea-edge, shore"), from Old English *brimman, bremman ("to rage, roar"), from Proto-Germanic *bremmanan, *bremanan (“to roar”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰerem-, *bʰrem(e)-, *breme- (“to hum, make a noise”). Cognate with Icelandic brim ("sea, surf"), Dutch brommen ("to hum, buzz"), German brummen ("to hum, drone"), Latin fremō ("roar, growl", v), Ancient Greek βρέμω (brémou, "roar, roar like the ocean", v). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English brimme. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Ensure that the width of the lower brim is not too broad as this would direct most of the light just downwards onto the table and that the lower brim width will define the light distribution pattern.”
“The sweatband under my hat brim is soaking when I see the thatched roof of a little puesto.”
“No sword-grass grows about the margin; there are no blue water forget-me-nots, nor broad lily leaves; the grass at the brim is short and thick, and the weeping willows that droop over the edge grow picturesquely enough.”
“It’s quite a cute hat, and I learned a nice technique in the way the little brim is made.”
“In any World Cup, any stadium that is anything less than full to the brim is a bit sacrilegious to viewers like me who would give a pinkie to be there.”
“A hat with a brim is a must if you decide to take the plunge.”
“AFP/Getty Images Brad Pitt Among the first hats distinguished by having a brim was the felt petasus or petasos of the Greeks and Romans, which tied under the chin, according to menswear historian Andy Gilchrist.”
“So long as African rivers remain in what we may call the brim, they present no obstructions; but no sooner do they emerge from the higher lands than their utility is impaired by cataracts.”
“On the seat next to her lay a wide-brimmed straw hat with pink ribbons, and resting on the brim was a pair of bright white gloves.”
“Accordingly, I can truly assure you of this, that in the midst of supreme joy and the most gratifying congratulations, the one thing wanting to fill my cup of happiness to the brim is the sight of you, or rather your embrace; and if I ever forfeit that again, when I have once got possession of it, and if, too,”
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