from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The usually curved or circular border or edge of an object. See Synonyms at border.
  • n. The circular outer part of a wheel, furthest from the axle.
  • n. A circular metal structure around which a wheel tire is fitted.
  • transitive v. To furnish with a rim.
  • transitive v. Sports To roll around the rim of (a basket or golf cup, for example) without falling in.
  • transitive v. Vulgar Slang To perform anilingus on.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An edge around something, especially when circular.
  • n. wheelrim
  • v. To form a rim on.
  • v. To follow the contours, possibly creating a circuit
  • v. To roll around a rim.
  • v. to lick the anus of a partner as part of the sexual act.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The border, edge, or margin of a thing, usually of something circular or curving.
  • n. The lower part of the abdomen.
  • transitive v. To furnish with a rim; to border.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To surround with a rim or border; form a rim round.
  • To plow or slash the sides of, as mackerel, to make them seem fatter.
  • n. The border, edge, or margin of anything, whether forming part of the thing itself, or separate from it and surrounding or partly surrounding it, most commonly a circular border, often raised above the inclosed surface: as, the rim of a hat.
  • n. Specifically In a wheel, the circular part furthest from the axle, connected by spokes to the hub, nave, or boss.
  • n. Synonyms The rim of a vessel; the brim of a cup or goblet; the brink, verge, or edge of a precipice; the margin of a brook or a book; the border of a garment or a country.
  • n. A membrane.
  • n. The membrane inclosing the intestines; the peritoneum; hence, loosely, the intestines; the belly.
  • n. The pawl-race or ratchet-ring of a capstan.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (basketball) the hoop from which the net is suspended
  • v. run around the rim of
  • n. the outer part of a wheel to which the tire is attached
  • v. furnish with a rim
  • n. the top edge of a vessel or other container
  • n. the shape of a raised edge of a more or less circular object
  • n. a projection used for strength or for attaching to another object
  • v. roll around the rim of


Middle English, from Old English rima.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English rima. (Wiktionary)



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