trim

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: trim

1
vnadj
cut down on; make a reduction in
cutting down to the desired size or shape
thin and fit
2
vn
decorate, as with ornaments
a decoration or adornment on a garment
3
vn
adjust (sails on a ship) so that the wind is optimally used
attitude of an aircraft in flight when allowed to take its own orientation
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: trim
1

v cut down on; make a reduction in

Synonyms:
bring down, cut, cut back, cut down, reduce, trim back, trim down
cut
have a reducing effect
Types:
show 20 types...
hide 20 types...
shorten
make shorter than originally intended; reduce or retrench in length or duration
spill
reduce the pressure of wind on (a sail)
quench
reduce the degree of (luminescence or phosphorescence) in (excited molecules or a material) by adding a suitable substance
retrench
make a reduction, as in one's workforce
slash
cut drastically
thin out
make sparse
thin
make thin or thinner
detract, take away
take away a part from; diminish
deflate
reduce or cut back the amount or availability of, creating a decline in value or prices
inflate
increase the amount or availability of, creating a rise in value
downsize
reduce in size or number
subtract
take off or away
knock off, shave
cut the price of
foreshorten
shorten lines in a drawing so as to create an illusion of depth
clip, curtail, cut short
terminate or abbreviate before its intended or proper end or its full extent
syncopate
omit a sound or letter in a word
cut short, truncate
make shorter as if by cutting off
draw
reduce the diameter of (a wire or metal rod) by pulling it through a die
clip, crop, cut back, dress, lop, prune, snip
cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of
mark down
reduce the price of
Type of:
decrease, lessen, minify
make smaller

v cut closely

trim my beard”
Synonyms:
shave
Types:
fleece, shear
shear the wool from
Type of:
cut
shorten as if by severing the edges or ends of

v remove the edges from and cut down to the desired size

trim the photograph”
trim lumber”
Synonyms:
pare
Types:
dress
cut down rough-hewn (lumber) to standard thickness and width
Type of:
cut
separate with or as if with an instrument

v cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of

Synonyms:
clip, crop, cut back, dress, lop, prune, snip
Types:
show 5 types...
hide 5 types...
shear
cut with shears
poll, pollard
convert into a pollard
pinch, top
cut the top off
disbud
thin out buds to improve the quality of the remaining flowers
tail
remove the stalk of fruits or berries
Type of:
thin out
make sparse

n cutting down to the desired size or shape

Synonyms:
clipping, trimming
Types:
pruning
the act of trimming a plant
Type of:
cut, cutting, cutting off
the act of shortening something by chopping off the ends

adj thin and fit

“a body kept trim by exercise”
Synonyms:
spare
lean, thin
lacking excess flesh

adj neat and smart in appearance

“a trim beard”
Synonyms:
clean-cut, trig
tidy
marked by order and cleanliness in appearance or habits

adj of places; characterized by order and neatness; free from disorder

“a trim little sailboat”
Synonyms:
shipshape, well-kept
tidy
marked by order and cleanliness in appearance or habits

adj severely simple in line or design

Synonyms:
tailored
plain
not elaborate or elaborated; simple
2

v decorate, as with ornaments

trim the christmas tree”
trim a shop window”
Type of:
adorn, beautify, decorate, embellish, grace, ornament
make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.

v decorate (food), as with parsley or other ornamental foods

Synonyms:
dress, garnish
dress, dress out
kill and prepare for market or consumption
dress
put a dressing on
Type of:
adorn, beautify, decorate, embellish, grace, ornament
make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.

n a decoration or adornment on a garment

“the trimming on a hat”
“the trim on a shirt”
Synonyms:
passementerie, trimming
Types:
show 5 types...
hide 5 types...
braid, braiding, gold braid
trimming used to decorate clothes or curtains
miniver
trimming on ceremonial robes consisting of white or light grey fur
rickrack, ricrac
a narrow zigzag ribbon used as trimming
aglet, aiglet, aiguilette
ornamental tagged cord or braid on the shoulder of a uniform
soutache
a narrow braid used as a decorative trimming
Type of:
adornment
a decoration of color or interest that is added to relieve plainness

n a state of arrangement or appearance

“in good trim
Synonyms:
trimness
Type of:
neatness, spruceness
the state of being neat and smart and trim
3

v adjust (sails on a ship) so that the wind is optimally used

Type of:
adjust, correct, set
alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard

v balance in flight by regulating the control surfaces

trim an airplane”
Type of:
balance, equilibrate, equilibrise, equilibrize
bring into balance or equilibrium

v be in equilibrium during a flight

“The airplane trimmed
Type of:
be
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

n attitude of an aircraft in flight when allowed to take its own orientation

Type of:
attitude
position of aircraft or spacecraft relative to a frame of reference (the horizon or direction of motion)
WORD FAMILY
USAGE EXAMPLES