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Dictionary Definition

trim 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, tidy]
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]


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, clipping]


1 remove the edges from and cut down to the desired size; "pare one's fingernails"; "trim the photograph"; "trim lumber" [syn: pare]
2 decorate, as with ornaments; "trim the christmas tree"; "trim a shop window"
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 balance in flight by regulating the control surfaces; "trim an airplane"
5 be in equilibrium during a flight; "The airplane trimmed"
6 decorate (food), as with parsley or other ornamental foods [syn: garnish, dress]
7 cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of; "dress the plants in the garden" [syn: snip, clip, crop, lop, dress, prune, cut back]
8 cut closely; "trim my beard" [syn: shave]
9 adjust (sails on a ship) so that the wind is optimally used [also: trimming, trimmed, trimmest, trimmer]

User Contributed Dictionary






  1. to reduce slightly; to cut; especially, to remove excess
    Place the screen material in the frame, secure it in place, and trim the edges.
    The company trimmed jobs for the second time this year.
  2. to decorate or adorn; especially, to decorate a Christmas tree
    They traditionally trim the tree on Christmas Eve.
  3. transitive nautical To modify the angle of a vessel to the water by shifting cargo or ballast; to adjust for sailing; to assume, or cause a vessel to assume, a certain position, or trim, in the water. (FM 55-501).
  4. transitive nautical To modify the angle of a vessel's sails relative to the wind, especially to set the sails to the most advantageous angle.


to reduce slightly
to decorate
to modify the angle of a ship relative to the water
to adjust sails


  1. decoration; especially, decoration placed along edges or borders
    Paint the house white with blue trim.
  2. a haircut, especially a moderate one to touch up an existing style
    I went to the hairdresser for a trim and came back nearly bald.
  3. getting laid; engaging in sexual intercourse
  4. the manner in which something is equipped or adorned; especially, of a car
    The car comes in three different trims.
  5. The fore-and-aft angle of the vessel to the water, with reference to the cargo and ballast; the manner in which a vessel floats on the water, whether on an even keel or down by the head or stern
  6. The arrangement of the sails with reference to the wind.


a moderate haircut
the manner in sthg is equipped
the manner in which a vessel floats
arrangement of sails relative to the wind


  1. slender, thin, or physically fit
    He had a trim, athletic figure.


  1. In good order, properly managed or maintained.
  2. With sails well trimmed.

Usage notes

  • More often used in combinations, eg, "trim-sailed".




Extensive Definition

The word trim can mean:
  • To remove part or all of something:
    • Book trimming, a part of the publishing process which involves trimming the pages of a book so they have even edges
    • Trim (programming), also called "strip", a function to remove white space from the ends of a string
    • In film editing, the process of shortening scenes by a few minutes, seconds, or even frames
    • "Trim", slang for a pubic region with trimmed pubic hair
    • In a lengthy electronic exchange (eg. Usenet), removing parts of the conversation that are no longer relevant -- see Posting style
  • Adjust:
    • Adjustment of sails on a ship or boat
    • Adjustment of the angle of a ship to the water by shifting cargo or ballast.
    • Adjustment of airfoils on an aircraft
    • Adjustment of a variable resistor or capacitor
  • Decorate; examples include
  • Slang term for fit (ie. healthy):
    • Trim trail, a special sort of trail that combines running with exercising
  • In music and audio, the term used for sensitivity. Higher trim means that a greater magnitude of the audio waves are sampled.
  • Trimming, the process of modifying parametric or polygonal surfaces in 3D computer graphics and CAD
  • In stagecraft trim refers to a preset height at which a batten (theater) is used.




As an acronym

  • Tidal, Residual, Inter-tidal Mudflat
  • Tone Ringer Illuminated Model, a British telephone with a distinct ringing sound
  • Trade-related Investment Measures, an agreement within the Uruguay Round trade negotiations
  • Transfusion-related immunomodulation
  • TRIM Context, a records management software product from TOWER Software
  • Trim optimization, a set of techniques (algorithmic or heuristic or hybrid) to reduce the waste resulting from cutting an arbitrary set of demand rolls from a jumbo or master roll, in materials processing
  • TRiM, Trauma Risk Management, is model of peer group traumatic stress management approved by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) within the UK and initially used by the Royal Marines
trim in Danish: Trim (flertydig)
trim in German: Trim
trim in Dutch: Trim
trim in Japanese: トリミング

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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