Rime is a type of ice that forms when the moisture in fog freezes suddenly on an object. The white frost that forms on trees along mountain ridges is rime.

Rime can cause trouble for aircraft, as it also forms when a cloud's water droplets freeze to a surface, like the metal body of an airplane. Another, completely different, meaning of this word is "rhyme." It's simply an old-fashioned way to refer to the ending sounds of two words that sound alike — like "mouse" and "house." And "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" is just a very long, very old, rhyming poem.

Definitions of rime
  1. noun
    ice crystals forming a white deposit (especially on objects outside)
    synonyms: frost, hoar, hoarfrost
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    type of:
    ice, water ice
    water frozen in the solid state
  2. noun
    correspondence in the sounds of two or more lines (especially final sounds)
    synonyms: rhyme
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    internal rhyme
    a rhyme between words in the same line
    alliteration, beginning rhyme, head rhyme, initial rhyme
    use of the same consonant at the beginning of each stressed syllable in a line of verse
    assonance, vowel rhyme
    the repetition of similar vowels in the stressed syllables of successive words
    consonance, consonant rhyme
    the repetition of consonants (or consonant patterns) especially at the ends of words
    double rhyme
    a two-syllable rhyme
    eye rhyme
    an imperfect rhyme on words that appear to rhyme (e.g., 'love' and `move')
    slant rhyme
    an imperfect rhyme in which only the vowel sounds or consonant sounds correspond, as in “far / part” or “last / taste
    type of:
    the form or metrical composition of a poem
  3. verb
    be similar in sound, especially with respect to the last syllable
    synonyms: rhyme
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    correspond in vowel sounds; rhyme in assonance
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    agree, check, correspond, fit, gibe, jibe, match, tally
    be compatible, similar, or consistent; coincide in their characteristics
  4. verb
    compose rhymes
    synonyms: rhyme
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    supply (blank verse or prose) with rhymes
    use alliteration as a form of poetry
    type of:
    create verbally
    create with or from words
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