trim

When you cut something, literally or figuratively, you trim it. If you have steady hands, you can trim your own bangs. If you don't have steady hands, you can save up for a professional haircut by trimming the amount of money you spend on comics and snacks.

A landscaper trims the grass and shrubs, and a cook trims fat off of meat before cooking it. But when you trim the Christmas tree, you decorate it, and when a sailor trims the sails, she adjusts them so they'll catch the wind just right. And as a noun, a trim is "an act of cutting," while trim is "decoration." All forms of this word are rooted in nautical language.

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:
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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:
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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
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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)

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