Definitions

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

  • noun A thin, often tapered piece of material, such as wood, stone, or metal, used to fill gaps, make something level, or adjust something to fit properly.
  • transitive verb To fill in, level, or adjust by using shims or a shim.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A white spot, as a white streak on a horse's face.
  • noun An ignis fatuus.
  • Same as shime.
  • noun Broadly, in machinery, a thin slip (usually of metal, but often of other material) used to fill up space caused by wear, or placed between parts liable to wear, as under the cap of a pillow-block or journal-box.
  • noun In stone-working and quarrying, a plate used to fill out the space at the side of a jumper-hole, between it and a wedge used for separating a block of stone, or for contracting the space in fitting a lewis into the hole.
  • noun A shim-plow (which see, under plow).
  • To wedge up or fill out to a fair surface by inserting a thin wedge or piece of material.
  • noun An imperfect shingle, thicker at one side than the other; also, an imperfect stave for a bucket.

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

  • noun A kind of shallow plow used in tillage to break the ground, and clear it of weeds.
  • noun (Mach.) A thin piece of metal placed between two parts to make a fit.

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

  • noun informal, often derogatory a person characterised by both male and female traits, or by ambiguous male-female traits, also called a he-she; transsexual.
  • noun informal, often derogatory hermaphrodite.
  • noun A wedge.
  • noun A thin piece of material, sometimes tapered, used for alignment or support.
  • noun computing A small library that transparently intercepts and modifies calls to an API, usually for compatibility purposes.
  • noun A kind of shallow plow used in tillage to break the ground and clear it of weeds.
  • noun A small metal device used to pick open a lock.
  • verb To fit one or more shims to a piece of machinery
  • verb To adjust something by using shims

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

  • noun a thin wedge of material (wood or metal or stone) for driving into crevices

Etymologies

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

[Origin unknown.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From she +‎ him.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Unknown; from Kent. Originally a piece of iron attached to a plow; sense of “thin piece of wood” from 1723, sense of “thin piece of material used for alignment or support” from 1860.

Examples

  • Marlene was already flipping through the _American Heritage Dictionary_ -- she had brought it in a plastic shopping bag because of my previous day's challenge of "shim" -- and she triumphantly told me, holding the fat volume in my face, that no such word was listed in it.

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  • This is being fixed by adding a small piece of metal - called a "shim" - in a procedure that Toyota starts at dealerships in the UK on Wednesday.

    BBC - Ouch

  • This is being fixed by adding a small piece of metal - called a "shim" - in a procedure that Toyota starts at dealerships in the UK on Wednesday.

    BBC - Ouch

  • shim is just a barren, ovaryless freak of nature who maintains a dominatrix-to-trick relationship …

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  • The code for the shim, which is an HTML Web resource, looks like this:

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  • Toyota insists, though, that it has found the problem and the shim is the proper fix.

    SplicedFeed

  • Toyota insists, though, that it has found the problem and the shim is the proper fix.

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  • Toyota insists, though, that it has found the problem and the shim is the proper fix.

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  • Toyota insists, though, that it has found the problem and the shim is the proper fix.

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  • Toyota insists, though, that it has found the problem and the shim is the proper fix.

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