In the theater, scrim is gauzy, woven fabric that reflects light in interesting ways. A scene that takes place behind a scrim is mysterious and dramatic.

Scrim is also a type of inexpensive, coarse material that's used in upholstery, sail making, and other industries. Theatrical scrim is much lighter, usually translucent, and is used for dramatic effect. Some types can also be used as screens for projected images, or even for clothing. The earliest known use of the word scrim, in 1791, was in the context of upholstery lining.

Definitions of scrim
  1. noun
    a firm open-weave fabric used for a curtain in the theater
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    type of:
    cloth, fabric, material, textile
    artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers
  2. noun
    a theater drop that appears opaque until it is lit from behind
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    type of:
    drop, drop cloth, drop curtain
    a curtain that can be lowered and raised onto a stage from the flies; often used as background scenery
  3. noun
    anything that covers or conceals
    synonyms: cloak
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    a dark covering or cloud, as of smoke
    type of:
    an artifact that covers something else (usually to protect or shelter or conceal it)
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