Definitions

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

  • n. The act of one that trims.
  • n. Something added as decoration or ornament, especially a band of lace or embroidery on clothing.
  • n. Accessories; extras: roast turkey with all the trimmings.
  • n. Scraps or material removed when something is trimmed.
  • n. Informal A sound defeat, beating, or punishment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of someone who trims.
  • n. Material that is removed by someone trimming something, as a piece of steak.
  • n. An accompaniment to a meal.
  • n. A reprimand or chastisting.
  • v. Present participle of trim.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • a. from trim, v.
  • n. The act of one who trims.
  • n. That which serves to trim, make right or fitting, adjust, ornament, or the like; especially, the necessary or the ornamental appendages, as of a garment; hence, sometimes, the concomitants of a dish; a relish; -- usually in the plural.
  • n. The act of reprimanding or chastisting.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of one who trims, in any sense.
  • n. Specifically, a dressing; a sharp scolding; a drubbing or thrashing.
  • n. Anything used for decoration or finish; an ornamental fitting of any sort: usually in the plural: as, the trimmings of a harness or of a hat.
  • n. Hence, any accessory or accompaniment: usually in the plural.

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

  • n. the act of adding decoration
  • n. cutting down to the desired size or shape
  • n. a decoration or adornment on a garment

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Examples

  • From what I understand, "trimming" is a sailing term that means moving the sails in the direction of the wind.

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  • Several times the noises made by the boat's crew in trimming the sheets to the shifting draught of air roused Van Horn, and each time, remembering the puppy, he pressed him caressingly with his hollowed arm.

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  • Mrs. Dorothea Lucretia Dixwell was the widow of a Tory merchant, who, by rare skill in trimming his boat to suit the times, had come through the Revolutionary war with a handsome property unimpaired, which, dying shortly after, he left to his widow.

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  • The executive spent much of his first term trimming costs and shedding assets, and the CEO aims to outgrow rivals and elevate sales to 100 billion euros.

  • The executive spent much of his first term trimming costs and shedding assets, and the CEO aims to outgrow rivals and elevate sales to 100 billion euros. 53- year-old Loescher became the first outsider ever to run Siemens after a bribery scandal swept out his predecessors.

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  • Several times the noises made by the boat’s crew in trimming the sheets to the shifting draught of air roused Van Horn, and each time, remembering the puppy, he pressed him caressingly with his hollowed arm.

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  • A solution that one of AMI's researchers described as "trimming poison ivy!"

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  • Now, with labels trimming more artists than they're signing, taking a chance on a new player seems like a act of faith.

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  • On Friday, I posted regarding the notion of trimming titles from your regular budget.

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