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The word rim is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun rim

What does rim mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: rims

  1. the shape of a raised edge of a more or less circular object
    • lexical domain: Shapes - nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes
    • more generic terms: round shape = a shape that is curved and without sharp angles; bound / boundary / edge = a line determining the limits of an area
  2. (basketball) the hoop from which the net is suspended
    • example: the ball hit the rim and bounced off
    • domain: basketball / basketball game / hoops
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic words: hoop / ring = a rigid circular band of metal or wood or other material used for holding or fastening or hanging or pulling
  3. the outer part of a wheel to which the tire is attached
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic words: hoop / ring = a rigid circular band of metal or wood or other material used for holding or fastening or hanging or pulling
    • more specific words: felloe / felly = rim (or part of the rim) into which spokes are inserted
    • part of: wheel = a simple machine consisting of a circular frame with spokes (or a solid disc) that can rotate on a shaft or axle
  4. a projection used for strength or for attaching to another object
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of rim: flange
    • more generic word: projection = any structure that branches out from a central support
  5. the top edge of a vessel or other container
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of rim: brim / lip
    • more generic word: edge = a sharp side formed by the intersection of two surfaces of an object
    • more specific terms: shoe collar / collar = the stitching that forms the rim of a shoe or boot
    • part of: vessel = an object used as a container

Alternative definition of the noun rim


  1. An edge around something, especially when circular.
  2. [automotive] wheel rim

Specialised definition of the noun rim

Glossary of sports / basketball

an 18-inch metal ring that's attached to a backboard and holds a net

Definition of the verb rim

What does rim mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: rimmed, rimming

  1. run around the rim of
  2. furnish with a rim
  3. roll around the rim of
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • more generic terms: roll / turn over = move by turning over or rotating

Specialised definition of the verb rim

Glossary of sports / golf

to roll around the edge of the cup


RIM a.k.a. BlackBerry Limited, formerly known as Research In Motion Limited, is a Canadian telecommunication and wireless equipment company best known to the general public as the developer of the BlackBerry brand of smartphones and tablets, but also well known worldwide as a provider of secure & high reliability software for industrial applications and Mobile Device Management. BlackBerry's software and hardware products are used worldwide by various government's agencies and by car makers and industrial plants throughout the world, much of this activity being unseen by the public. The company is headquartered in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. It was founded by Mike Lazaridis, who served as its co-CEO along with Jim Balsillie until January 22, 2012; as of November 2013, Saad assumes the new title of "Lead Director and Chair of Compensation". In November 2013, John S. Chen took over as CEO. His strategy is to subcontract manufacturing to Foxconn, and to focus on software technology.


Rim is a fictional character from the 2010 drama film The Flowers of Kirkuk.


"Rim" is a composition.


  1. The rim is the "outer edge of a wheel, holding the tire". It makes up the outer circular design of the wheel on which the inside edge of the tire is mounted on vehicles such as automobiles. For example, on a bicycle wheel the rim is a large hoop attached to the outer ends of the spokes of the wheel that holds the tire and tube.
  2. Rim: A rim is an external flange that is machined, cast, molded, stamped or pressed around the bottom of a firearms cartridge. The rim may serve a number of purposes, the most common being as the place for the extractor to engage.
  3. The rim of a coin is the up-raised part of the coin that completely encircles the diameter on both obverse and reverse sides. Not to be confused with the edge of the coin, which is also known as its "third side".
  4. Rim a.k.a. Nyaturu Language: The Turu or Nyaturu language, Kinyaturu, also known as Rimi Kirimi, is a Bantu language of spoken by the Wanyaturu AKA Arimi of the Singida region of Tanzania. Excluding the Bantu language prefixes Ke- and Ki-, other spellings of the language are Limi and Remi. Dialects of the three Turu tribes are Girwana of the Airwana in the north, Giahi of the Vahi in the south and west, and Ginyamunyinganyi of the Anyiŋanyi in the east.
    • also known as Turu, Wanyaturu, Kinyaturu, Remi, Walimi, Kirimi, Kiremi, Keremi, Rimi, Limi, Turu language
  5. Rim a.k.a. regulating synaptic membrane exocytosis 1 is a gene.
    • also known as RAB3-interacting protein 2, RAB3 interacting protein 2
  6. Rim a.k.a. retinoblastoma binding protein 8 is a gene.
    • also known as retinoblastoma-binding protein 8, CTBP-interacting protein, retinoblastoma-interacting myosin-like

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Rim

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Google previewTheory of Sets of Points (2013)

by William H. Young

The rim is a perfect set dense nowhere. Take a region which has ordinary external points. Let L be a rim point, since we then know by Theorem 3 that at least one exists. Draw any circle with L as centre. In this circle there is an external point Q, ...

Google previewThe Canadian Patent Office Record (1902)

by Canada. Patent Office

rim means travelling around said portion of its peak block and in close proximity thereto, and means for operatingly connecting said means for forming the travelling throat forming mechanism, to said travelling peak forming mechanism, ...

Google previewDay Trips® from Phoenix, Tucson & Flagstaff (2014)

Getaway Ideas for the Local Traveler by Pam Hait

The more rugged and remote North Rim is a 230-mile drive from the southern park. Although it is possible to “do” the...

Google previewFoundations of Commutative Rings and Their Modules (2017)

by Fanggui Wang, Hwankoo Kim

Then Rim is an FC domain for any maximal w-ideal m of R. (2) Let R be a WFC domain (resp., an FC domain) and let S be a multiplicative subset of R. Then Rs is a WFC domain (resp., an FC domain). Proof (1) This is trivial. (2) Let x = #, y ...

Google previewAlgebraic Graph Theory (2013)

by Chris Godsil, Gordon F. Royle

Suppose that X is the shadow of a knot diagram, and let Z be the chord diagram whose rim is the straight eulerian tour of X,

Google previewThe WPA Guide to Arizona (2013)

The Grand Canyon State by Federal Writers' Project

West is the white dot of Yavapai Point's observation station; east on the South Rim is the tiny finger of the Desert Watch...

Google previewWeb and Communication Technologies and Internet-Related Social Issues - HSI 2005 (2005)

3rd International Conference on [email protected], Tokyo, Japan, July 27-29, 2005, Proceedings by Shinji Shimojo, Shingo Ichii, Tok Wang Ling, Kwan-Ho Song

The RIM is a coherent, shared information model that is the source for the data content of all HL7 Version 3 messages. It provides an explicit representation of the semantic and lexical connections that exist between the information carried in ...

Google previewAtlas of Clinical and Surgical Orbital Anatomy (2011)

by Jonathan J Dutton

The superior rim is the most prominent due to expansion of the underlying frontal sinus. It is more protuberant in adult males. Its significance has been a matter of debate for over 100 years,48 but the most often cited explanation for it is that it ...

Google previewHandbook of Biosurveillance (2011)

by Michael M. Wagner, Andrew W. Moore, Ron M. Aryel

HL7 RIM The HL7 RIM is a standard information model (semantic standard) for medicine.

Google previewA Guide to Woburn Abbey (1831)

by John Docwra PARRY

Underneath the rim is a vine branch, encircling the whole, and round the base, which has cabled flutings, is a rich foliage which appears similar to parsley leaves, and may perhaps be intended for that plant, as it was a favourite one with ...

Google previewCancer Modelling and Simulation (2003)

by Luigi Preziosi

a necessary condition for obtaining a tumour with a thin proliferating rim is that the external nutrient concentration be ...

Google previewA Table of Green Fields (1993)

Ten Stories by Guy Davenport

Its rim is the Latin for crown. Its bag with the twin eggs is the scrotum. That the ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Dentistry (2010)

by Robert Ireland

A temporary prosthetic appliance with a wax or resin occlusal rim used to record the vertical dimension and ...

Google previewA Dictionary of the Scottish Language (1846)

In which the Words are Explained in Their Different Senses, Authorized by the Names of the Writers by Whom They are Used, Or the Titles of the Works in which They Occur, and Derived from Their Originals by John Jamieson

RIM, s.

Google previewEnglish Garo Dictionary (1988)

Rakiani, rim'- rikani, rim'rikgipa.- Wardrobe (word-rob'), ». Gane ding chinding, ganding chin<- ding ...

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Columbus dreamed of an unknown shore at the rim of a far flung sky. (Edgar Albert Guest)
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Scrabble value of R1I1M3

The value of this 3-letter word is 5 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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