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v. trimmed, trim·ming, trims
1. To make neat or tidy by clipping, smoothing, or pruning: trimmed his moustache; trimmed the hedges.
a. To remove the excess or unwanted parts from: trimmed the pie crust; trimmed the budget.
b. To remove (excess or unwanted parts): trimmed the rotten wood; trimmed the fat from the budget.
c. To lose (weight or fat) deliberately, as by exercise or dieting.
a. To decorate, especially by adding a border or contrasting element: trim a blouse.
b. To arrange with display items: trim a store window.
4. Informal
a. To thrash; beat.
b. To defeat soundly: trimmed their opponents in the first game.
c. To cheat out of money: trimmed him of every dollar he had.
d. To rebuke; scold.
5. Nautical
a. To adjust (the sails and yards) so that they receive the wind properly.
b. To balance (a ship) by shifting its cargo or contents.
6. To balance (an aircraft) in flight by regulating the control surfaces and tabs.
1. Nautical
a. To be in or retain equilibrium.
b. To make sails and yards ready for sailing.
a. To affect or maintain cautious neutrality.
b. To fashion one's views for momentary popularity or advantage.
3. To lose weight deliberately. Often used with down.
a. A cutting or clipping to make neat: My hair needs a trim.
b. An excess or unwanted part that has been removed: cut off the trim.
a. State of order, arrangement, or appearance; condition: in good trim.
b. A condition of good health or fitness: keeping her body in trim.
a. Exterior ornamentation, such as moldings or framework, on a building or vehicle.
b. Decoration or ornament, as for clothing.
c. Material used in commercial window displays.
4. often trims Excised or rejected material, such as film that has been cut in editing.
5. Nautical
a. The readiness of a vessel for sailing with regard to ballast, sails, and yards.
b. The balance of a ship.
c. The difference between the draft at the bow and at the stern.
6. The balance of rotational forces around the various axes of an aircraft in flight.
adj. trim·mer, trim·mest
a. In good or neat order.
b. In good physical condition; fit; slim: a trim figure.
2. Having lines, edges, or forms of neat and pleasing simplicity.
In a trim manner.

[Middle English trimmen, to make firm, from Old English trymman, from trum, strong; see deru- in Indo-European roots.]

trim′ly adv.
trim′ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.trimmed - made neat and tidy by trimmingtrimmed - made neat and tidy by trimming; "his neatly trimmed hair"
uncut, untrimmed - not trimmed; "shaggy untrimmed locks"
References in classic literature ?
On his arrival from the other world, he had merely found it necessary to spend a quarter of an hour at a barber's, who had trimmed down the Puritan's full beard into a pair of grizzled whiskers, then, patronizing a ready-made clothing establishment, he had exchanged his velvet doublet and sable cloak, with the richly worked band under his chin, for a white collar and cravat, coat, vest, and pantaloons; and lastly, putting aside his steel-hilted broadsword to take up a gold-headed cane, the Colonel Pyncheon of two centuries ago steps forward as the Judge of the passing moment!
In compliance with the standing order of his commander -- to report immediately, and at any one of the twenty-four hours, any decided change in the affairs of the deck, --Starbuck had no sooner trimmed the yards to the breeze --however reluctantly and gloomily, --than he mechanically went below to apprise Captain Ahab of the circumstance.
The roof of it was of a purple hue, and trimmed with gold; the house itself was silvery, and the doors and windows red.
I also trimmed his whiskers and mustache until they were only about a half-inch long; and tried to do it inartistically, and succeeded.
This consists of a simple gros de laine, trimmed with ashes of roses, with overskirt of scare bleu ventre saint gris, cut bias on the off-side, with facings of petit polonaise and narrow insertions of pa^te de foie gras backstitched to the mise en sce`ne in the form of a jeu d'esprit.
They all asked me questions, and I told them how pap and me and all the family was living on a little farm down at the bottom of Arkansaw, and my sister Mary Ann run off and got married and never was heard of no more, and Bill went to hunt them and he warn't heard of no more, and Tom and Mort died, and then there warn't nobody but just me and pap left, and he was just trimmed down to nothing, on account of his troubles; so when he died I took what there was left, because the farm didn't belong to us, and started up the river, deck passage, and fell overboard; and that was how I come to be here.
It was trimmed with a twist of buff ribbon and a cluster of black and orange porcupine quills, which hung or bristled stiffly over one ear, giving her the quaintest and most unusual appearance.
fine girls of sixteen and seventeen) had grey beaver hats, then in fashion, shaded with ostrich plumes, and from under the brim of this graceful head-dress fell a profusion of light tresses, elaborately curled; the elder lady was enveloped in a costly velvet shawl, trimmed with ermine, and she wore a false front of French curls.
The rest of it had been clipped and made to look neat, but at this lower end of the walk it had not been trimmed at all.
It held a branch of fresh green holly in its hand; and, in singular contradiction of that wintry emblem, had its dress trimmed with summer flowers.
If ever any scapegrace was trimmed and touched up to perfection, you are, Steerforth.
Besides the massive golden signet ring, which marked his ecclesiastical dignity, his fingers, though contrary to the canon, were loaded with precious gems; his sandals were of the finest leather which was imported from Spain; his beard trimmed to as small dimensions as his order would possibly permit, and his shaven crown concealed by a scarlet cap richly embroidered.