from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The upper or outer edge of an object, especially when curved or circular. synonym: border.
  • noun The upper edge of a steep slope; a cliff or brink.
  • noun The circular outer part of a wheel, furthest from the axle.
  • noun A circular metal structure around which a wheel tire is fitted.
  • transitive verb To furnish with a rim.
  • transitive verb Sports To roll around the rim of (a basket or golf cup, for example) without falling in.
  • transitive verb Vulgar Slang To perform anilingus on.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To surround with a rim or border; form a rim round.
  • To plow or slash the sides of, as mackerel, to make them seem fatter.
  • noun The pawl-race or ratchet-ring of a capstan.
  • noun The border, edge, or margin of anything, whether forming part of the thing itself, or separate from it and surrounding or partly surrounding it, most commonly a circular border, often raised above the inclosed surface: as, the rim of a hat.
  • noun Specifically In a wheel, the circular part furthest from the axle, connected by spokes to the hub, nave, or boss.
  • noun Synonyms The rim of a vessel; the brim of a cup or goblet; the brink, verge, or edge of a precipice; the margin of a brook or a book; the border of a garment or a country.
  • noun A membrane.
  • noun The membrane inclosing the intestines; the peritoneum; hence, loosely, the intestines; the belly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To furnish with a rim; to border.
  • noun The border, edge, or margin of a thing, usually of something circular or curving.
  • noun obsolete The lower part of the abdomen.
  • noun (Phonetics) the line between the gums and the palate.
  • noun (Mil.) See under Cartridge.
  • noun See under Lock.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An edge around something, especially when circular.
  • noun automotive, cycling wheelrim
  • verb To form a rim on.
  • verb To follow the contours, possibly creating a circuit
  • verb of a ball To roll around a rim.
  • verb slang to lick the anus of a partner as part of the sexual act.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun (basketball) the hoop from which the net is suspended
  • verb run around the rim of
  • noun the outer part of a wheel to which the tire is attached
  • verb furnish with a rim
  • noun the top edge of a vessel or other container
  • noun the shape of a raised edge of a more or less circular object
  • noun a projection used for strength or for attaching to another object
  • verb roll around the rim of


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Old English rima.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Old English rima.


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