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

  • n. A coating of ice, as on grass and trees, formed when extremely cold water droplets freeze almost instantly on a cold surface.
  • n. A coating, as of mud or slime, likened to a frosty film: "A meal couldn't leave us feeling really full unless it laid down a rime of fat globules in our mouths and stomachs” ( James Fallows).
  • transitive v. To cover with or as if with frost or ice: "heavy [shoes] rimed with mud and cement ... from the building site” ( Seamus Deane).
  • n. Variant of rhyme.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. ice formed by the rapid freezing of cold water droplets of fog onto a cold surface.
  • n. a coating or sheet of ice so formed.
  • n. a film or slimy coating.
  • n. rhyme
  • n. the 2nd part of a syllable, from the vowel on, as opposed to the onset
  • v. Obsolete form of rhyme.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A rent or long aperture; a chink; a fissure; a crack.
  • n. White frost; hoarfrost; congealed dew or vapor.
  • n. A step or round of a ladder; a rung.
  • n. Rhyme. See rhyme.
  • v. To rhyme. See rhyme.
  • intransitive v. To freeze or congeal into hoarfrost.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To number; count; reckon.
  • To compose in verse; treat in verse; versify.
  • To put into rime: as, to rime a story.
  • To bring into a certain condition by riming; influence by rime.
  • To compose verses; make verses.
  • To accord in the terminal sounds; more widely, to correspond in sound; assonate; harmonize; accord; chime.
  • To freeze or congeal into hoar-frost.
  • Same as ream.
  • n. Number.
  • n. Thought expressed in verse; verse; meter; poetry; also, a composition in verse; a poem, especially a short one; a tale in verse.
  • n. Agreement in the terminal sounds of two or more words, namely in the last accented vowel and the sounds following, if there be any, while the sounds preceding differ; also, by extension, such agreement in the initial sounds (initial rime, usually called alliteration). See homœote-leuton, and compare assonance.
  • n. A verse or line agreeing with another in terminal sounds: as, to string rimes together.
  • n. A word answering in sound to another word.
  • n. White frost, or hoar-frost; congealed dew or vapor: same as frost, 3.
  • n. A Middle English or modern dialectal form of rim.
  • n. A Middle English form of rim.
  • n. A chink; a fissure; a rent or long aperture.

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

  • n. ice crystals forming a white deposit (especially on objects outside)
  • n. correspondence in the sounds of two or more lines (especially final sounds)
  • v. be similar in sound, especially with respect to the last syllable
  • v. compose rhymes


Middle English rim, from Old English hrīm.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English rim, from Old English hrīm, from Proto-Germanic *hrīman (“hoarfrost”) (compare Dutch rijm, Danish rim); akin to Latvian krèims ("cream") and Latin bruma ("winter solstice"). (Wiktionary)
Middle English, from Old English rīm. Influenced in meaning by Old French rime from the same Germanic source. (Wiktionary)


  • Because we vse the word rime (though by maner of abusion) yet to helpe that fault againe we apply it in our vulgar Poesie another way very commendably & curiously.

    The Arte of English Poesie

  • Salamander (1879) in terza rime is especially memorable.

    Nobel Prize in Literature 1910 - Presentation Speech

  • Early clues tonight to why it happened -- the cockpit voice recorder picking up mention of ice, conditions last night diabolically -- diabolically perfect for coating aircraft in what is called rime ice.

    CNN Transcript Feb 13, 2009

  • There's clear ice, there's a granulated form, which is called rime icing.

    CNN Transcript Feb 13, 2009

  • Conditions last night diabolically perfect for coating aircraft which is called rime ice.

    CNN Transcript Feb 13, 2009

  • A Delta crew landing around the same time as the Colgan flight reported what is called rime icing.

    CNN Transcript Feb 13, 2009

  • But what can be the most dangerous sort of ice is called rime ice, which is not ice like you shovel, it's just these tiny little patterns of ice which can develop on a wing.

    CNN Transcript Feb 2, 2005

  • It is an allegory written, with the exception of a few heroic couplets, in the seven-line stanza known as rime royal, and consists of nearly six thousand lines in forty-five divisions or chapters.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 7: Gregory XII-Infallability

  • Yet the rime, which is as evident as the recurring strokes of a tack-hammer in Pope, is scarcely heard at all in _My Last Duchess_.

    Robert Browning: How to Know Him

  • The pilot was told to maintain an altitude of 10,000 feet as he headed southwest over northern New Jersey as a controller warned him about the conditions in the clouds above - specifically accumulations of ice particles known as rime.

    The Seattle Times


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  • One of the 2 arms of a lave net that was used for catching salmon moving with the outgoing tide. See comments and The Countryman citation for putcher, kype, and lave net.

    September 1, 2010

  • Scots - frost, ice crystals.

    December 5, 2007

  • Emir in reverse.

    July 22, 2007