Hypertext Webster Gateway: "trim"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Trim \Trim\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Trimmed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Trimming}.] [OE. trimen, trumen, AS. trymian, trymman, to
prepare, dispose, make strong, fr. trum firm, strong; of
uncertain origin.]
1. To make trim; to put in due order for any purpose; to make
right, neat, or pleasing; to adjust.

The hermit trimmed his little fire. --Goldsmith.

2. To dress; to decorate; to adorn; to invest; to embellish;
as, to trim a hat.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Trim \Trim\, v. i.
To balance; to fluctuate between parties, so as to appear to
favor each.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Trim \Trim\, n.
1. Dress; gear; ornaments.

Seeing him just pass the window in his woodland
trim. --Sir W.

2. Order; disposition; condition; as, to be in good trim. ``
The trim of an encounter.'' --Chapman.

3. The state of a ship or her cargo, ballast, masts, etc., by
which she is well prepared for sailing.

4. (Arch) The lighter woodwork in the interior of a building;
especially, that used around openings, generally in the
form of a molded architrave, to protect the plastering at
those points.

{In ballast trim} (Naut.), having only ballast on board. --R.
H. Dana, Jr.

{Trim of the masts} (Naut.), their position in regard to the
ship and to each other, as near or distant, far forward or
much aft, erect or raking.

{Trim of sails} (Naut.), that adjustment, with reference to
the wind, witch is best adapted to impel the ship forward.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Trim \Trim\, a. [Compar. {Trimmer}; superl. {Trimmest}.] [See
{Trim}, v. t.]
Fitly adjusted; being in good order., or made ready for
service or use; firm; compact; snug; neat; fair; as, the ship
is trim, or trim built; everything about the man is trim; a
person is trim when his body is well shaped and firm; his
dress is trim when it fits closely to his body, and appears
tight and snug; a man or a soldier is trim when he stands

With comely carriage of her countenance trim.

So deemed I till I viewed their trim array Of boats
last night. --Trench.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: thin and fit; "the spare figure of a marathon runner"; "a
body kept trim by exercise" [syn: {spare}]
2: (used of hair) neat and tidy; "a nicely kempt beard" [syn: {kempt},
3: of places; characterized by order and neatness; free from
disorder; "even the barn was shipshape"; "a trim little
sailboat" [syn: {shipshape}, {well-kept}]
4: (of persons) neat and smart in appearance; "a clean-cut and
well-bred young man"; "the trig corporal in his jaunty
cap" [syn: {clean-cut}, {trig}]
5: severely simple in line or design; "a neat tailored suit";
"tailored curtains" [syn: {tailored}]
n 1: a state of arrangement or appearance: "in good trim" [syn: {trimness}]
2: a decoration or adornment on a garment; "the trimming on a
hat"; "the trim on a shirt" [syn: {trimming}, {passementerie}]
3: attitude of an aircraft in flight when allowed to take its
own orientation
4: cutting down to the desired size or shape [syn: {trimming},
v 1: remove the edges from: "pare one's fingernails"; "trim the
photograph" [syn: {pare}]
2: decorate with ornaments, as of christmas trees
3: cut down on; make a reduction in; "reduce your daily fat
intake"; "The employer wants to cut back health benefits"
[syn: {reduce}, {cut down}, {cut back}, {trim down}, {trim
back}, {cut}, {bring down}]
4: decorate (food), as with parsley or other ornamental foods
[syn: {garnish}, {dress}]
5: cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of "dress the
plants in the garden" [syn: {snip}, {clip}, {crop}, {lop},
{dress}, {prune}, {cut back}]
6: cut closely; "trim my beard" [syn: {shave}]
7: trim carefully; of fingernails [syn: {manicure}]

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