from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A coating of ice, as on grass and trees, formed when extremely cold water droplets freeze almost instantly on a cold surface.
- n. A coating, as of mud or slime, likened to a frosty film: "A meal couldn't leave us feeling really full unless it laid down a rime of fat globules in our mouths and stomachs” ( James Fallows).
- transitive v. To cover with or as if with frost or ice: "heavy [shoes] rimed with mud and cement ... from the building site” ( Seamus Deane).
- n. Variant of rhyme.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. ice formed by the rapid freezing of cold water droplets of fog onto a cold surface.
- n. a coating or sheet of ice so formed.
- n. a film or slimy coating.
- n. rhyme
- n. the 2nd part of a syllable, from the vowel on, as opposed to the onset
- v. Obsolete form of rhyme.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A rent or long aperture; a chink; a fissure; a crack.
- n. White frost; hoarfrost; congealed dew or vapor.
- intransitive v. To freeze or congeal into hoarfrost.
- n. A step or round of a ladder; a rung.
- n. Rhyme. See rhyme.
- v. To rhyme. See rhyme.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Number.
- n. Thought expressed in verse; verse; meter; poetry; also, a composition in verse; a poem, especially a short one; a tale in verse.
- n. Agreement in the terminal sounds of two or more words, namely in the last accented vowel and the sounds following, if there be any, while the sounds preceding differ; also, by extension, such agreement in the initial sounds (initial rime, usually called alliteration). See homœote-leuton, and compare assonance.
- n. A verse or line agreeing with another in terminal sounds: as, to string rimes together.
- n. A word answering in sound to another word.
- To number; count; reckon.
- To compose in verse; treat in verse; versify.
- To put into rime: as, to rime a story.
- To bring into a certain condition by riming; influence by rime.
- To compose verses; make verses.
- To accord in the terminal sounds; more widely, to correspond in sound; assonate; harmonize; accord; chime.
- n. White frost, or hoar-frost; congealed dew or vapor: same as frost, 3.
- To freeze or congeal into hoar-frost.
- Same as ream.
- n. A Middle English or modern dialectal form of rim.
- n. A Middle English form of rim.
- n. A chink; a fissure; a rent or long aperture.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. ice crystals forming a white deposit (especially on objects outside)
- n. correspondence in the sounds of two or more lines (especially final sounds)
- v. be similar in sound, especially with respect to the last syllable
- v. compose rhymes
Middle English rim, from Old English hrīm.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English rim, from Old English hrīm, from Proto-Germanic *hrīman (“hoarfrost”) (compare Dutch rijm, Danish rim); akin to Latvian krèims ("cream") and Latin bruma ("winter solstice"). (Wiktionary)
Middle English, from Old English rīm. Influenced in meaning by Old French rime from the same Germanic source. (Wiktionary)