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  1. trim
    IPA[trim]
  2. verb

    • 1. make (something) neat or of the required size or form by cutting away irregular or unwanted parts:

      trim the grass using a sharp mower
      Synonym : cut, barber, crop, bob, shorten, clip, snip, shear, prune, pollard, mow, neaten, shape, tidy up, even up
    • 2. cut off (irregular or unwanted parts):

      he was trimming the fat off some pork chops
      Synonym : cut off, remove, take off, chop off, lop off, shave off, hack off, nip off
    • 3. reduce the size, amount, or number of (something, typically expenditure or costs):

      Congress had to decide which current defense programs should be trimmed
      Synonym : reduce, decrease, make reductions in, cut down, cut back on, make cutbacks in, scale down, prune, slim down, pare down, salami-slice, dock, retrench on, shorten, abridge, condense, abbreviate, telescope, truncate, curtail
    • 4. (of a person) lose weight; become slimmer:

      he works on trimming down and eating right
    • 5. firm up or lose weight from (a part of one's body).

    • 6. decorate (something), typically with contrasting items or pieces of material:

      a pair of black leather gloves trimmed with fake fur
    • 7. adjust (sails) to take best advantage of the wind.

    • 8. adjust the forward and after drafts of (a vessel) by changing the distribution of weight on board, especially cargo and ballast.

    • 9. keep or adjust the degree to which (an aircraft) can be maintained at a constant altitude without any control forces being present.

    • 10. adapt one's views to the prevailing political trends for personal advancement.

    • 11. get the better of (someone), typically by cheating them out of money.

    • 12. rebuke (someone) angrily.

    noun

    • 1. additional decoration, typically along the edges of something and in contrasting color or material:

      we painted the buildings off-white with a blue trim suede sandals with gold trim
    • 2. decorative additions to a vehicle, typically the upholstery or interior lining of a car.

    • 3. an act of cutting off part of something in order to neaten it:

      his hair needs a trim
      Synonym : haircut, cut, barbering, clip, snip, pruning, tidy-up
    • 4. a short piece of film cut out during the final editing stage.

    • 5. the state of being in good order or condition:

      no one had been there for months—everything was out of trim
    • 6. the degree to which an aircraft can be maintained at a constant altitude without any control forces being present:

      the pilot's only problem was the need to constantly readjust the trim
    • 7. the difference between a vessel's forward and after drafts, especially as it affects its navigability.

    adjective

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: trim, plural noun: trims

    • v.: verb: trim, 3rd person present: trims, gerund or present participle: trimming, past tense: trimmed, past participle: trimmed

    • verb

      make (something) neat or of the required size or form by cutting away irregular or unwanted parts:

      cut off (irregular or unwanted parts):

    • noun

      additional decoration, typically along the edges of something and in contrasting colour or material:

      decorative additions to a vehicle, typically the upholstery or interior lining of a car:

    • adjective

      neat and smart in appearance; in good order:

      slim and fit:

    • a town in Meath, in the Republic of Ireland, situated to the north-west of Dublin; population 7,700 (est. 2009).
    • slim and fit
    • noun

      an adjustable tab or airfoil attached to a control surface, used to trim an aircraft in flight.
    • noun

      an adjustable tab or aerofoil attached to a control surface, used to trim an aircraft in flight.

      an adjustable flap fitted to the trailing edge of a rudder or keel, used to adjust steering, or fitted horizontally as one of a pair on the stern and used to trim a boat at speed.

    • slim and fit
    • make changes to suit one's new circumstances
    • make changes to suit one's new circumstances
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