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

  • n. A durable, loosely woven cotton or linen fabric used for curtains or upholstery lining or in industry.
  • n. A transparent fabric used as a drop in the theater to create special effects of lights or atmosphere.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A kind of light cotton or linen fabric, often woven in openwork patterns, -- used for curtains, etc,.
  • n. A large military scarf, usually camouflage coloured and used for concealment when not used as a scarf.
  • n. A woven, nonwoven or knitted fabric composted of continuous strands of material used for reinforcing or strengthening membranes.
  • n. A theater drop that appears opaque when a scene in front is lighted and transparent or translucent when a scene in back is lighted.
  • n. Thin canvas glued on the inside of panels to prevent shrinking, checking, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of light cotton or linen fabric, often woven in openwork patterns, -- used for curtains, etc,; -- called also India scrim.
  • n. Thin canvas glued on the inside of panels to prevent shrinking, checking, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Thin, strong cloth, cotton or linen, used in upholstery and other arts for linings, etc.
  • n. plural Thin canvas glued on the inside of a panel to keep it from cracking or breaking.

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

  • n. a firm open-weave fabric used for a curtain in the theater


Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • This paper scrim, which is pre-cut to be a little smaller than the sole bottom, also prevents the plastic from forcing its way between the upper and insole.

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  • The outside is wrapped with a flowing metal scrim, which is not only beautiful but practical, as it keeps the morning sun off the building.

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  • The rims share technology with the more expensive models in the range, including uni-directional carbon fibre construction, boosted stopping performance (thanks to the tactile 'scrim' layer on the brake track) and hidden nipples, which improve aerodynamics.


  • It seems that Apple is looking in to the use of carbon fibre composite materials to cut the weight of its next generation of portable devices - and has patented a technique for improving the look via what it describes as a "scrim" layer. Feed

  • It simply adds an additional layer, which the application describes as a "scrim," to the traditional carbon fiber laminating process.

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  • To Dr. Jeffrey Lewis and his extremely well-informed cohorts at the blog, for penetrating the scrim of PR and euphemism that often masks the truth about our nuclear posture.

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  • Cara looked up to see her friend standing at the top of the hill, her figure outlined against the sky, now clouded with a scrim of white.


  • Even Heidi cries "Yay!" as he runs behind the scrim.

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  • The difficulty starts when the intricate show scrim a the Richard Rodgers Theatre lifts on designer Derek McLane's stunning notion of a damaged Baghdad palace and Williams is revealed grousing, pacing and looking portly in a partially damaged cage.

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  • Don't get me wrong, I love seeing Heidi's shadow appear behind the scrim and thinking, Sweet fancy Jesus, what will she be wearing this week?, but making everyone stay up late and change outfits seems like a lot of effort just for Heidi to tease that if they win this challenge they'll be taking home "a big chunk of change."

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