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brim

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v brim fill as much as possible "brim a cup to good fellowship"
    • v brim be completely full "His eyes brimmed with tears"
    • n brim a circular projection that sticks outward from the crown of a hat
    • n brim the top edge of a vessel or other container
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Brim Fierce; sharp; cold. See Breme.
    • Brim The edge or margin, as of a fountain, or of the water contained in it; the brink; border. "The feet of the priests that bare the ark were dipped in the brim of the water."
    • Brim The rim of a hat.
    • Brim The rim, border, or upper edge of a cup, dish, or any hollow vessel used for holding anything. "Saw I that insect on this goblet's brim I would remove it with an anxious pity."
    • v. i Brim To be full to the brim. "The brimming stream."
    • v. t Brim To fill to the brim, upper edge, or top. "Arrange the board and brim the glass."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n brim The sea; ocean; water; flood.
    • n brim A brink, edge, or margin; more especially, the line of junction between a body of water and its bank, or between the bank and the adjoining level: as, to descend to the brim of a lake; the river is full to the brim.
    • n brim The upper edge of anything hollow: as, the brim of a cup.
    • n brim A projecting edge, border, or rim round anything hollow: as, the brim of a hat.
    • brim To fill to the brim, upper edge, or top.
    • brim To be full to the brim: as, a brimming glass.
    • brim To coast along near; skirt.
    • brim To brim over, to run over the brim; overflow: often used in a figurative sense.
    • brim To be in heat, as a boar or sow.
    • brim Famous; celebrated; well known; notorious.
    • brim Violent; fierce; terrible; sharp.
    • brim Strong; powerful.
    • brim Sharp; acute.
    • n brim A fish of the family Centrarchidæ, the long-eared sunfish, Lepomis auritus.
    • n brim The forehead.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Brim brim the margin or brink of a river or lake: the upper edge of a vessel: the rim of a hat
    • v.t Brim to fill to the brim
    • v.i Brim to be full to the brim:—pr.p. brim′ming; pa.p. brimmed
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Quotations

  • Lord Byron
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    “Life's enchanted cup sparkles near the brim.”
  • Charles Caleb Colton
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    “If you cannot inspire a woman with love of you, fill her above the brim with love of herself; all that runs over will be yours.”
  • Ogden Nash
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    “To keep your marriage brimming, with love in the wedding cup, whenever you're wrong, admit it; whenever you're right, shut up.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. brim, brimme, AS. brymme, edge, border; akin to Icel. barmr, Sw. bräm, Dan. bræmme, G. brame, bräme,. Possibly the same word as AS. brim, surge, sea, and properly meaning, the line of surf at the border of the sea, and akin to L. fremere, to roar, murmur. Cf. Breeze a fly

Usage

In literature:

It was enough to make the brimming moment overflow.
"The Fruit of the Tree" by Edith Wharton
He carried his broad-brimmed hat in his right hand and waved it as if in greeting.
"Joyce of the North Woods" by Harriet T. Comstock
Mrs. Graham was there, big-hearted and brimming over with helpful suggestion, burdened also with a basket of dainties.
"An Apache Princess" by Charles King
The two women flashed a glance brimful of significance at one another.
"Golden Stories" by Various
He chewed tobacco and was brimming over with funny stories, funny and usually indelicate.
"Confessions of Boyhood" by John Albee
An enormous copper caldron, full to the brim with human flesh, was bubbling over the fire.
"Tales of Wonder Every Child Should Know" by Various
Claude, therefore, had his life in Mustapha filled up to the brim for him.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
There must be enough to make it brim over.
"The Joyful Heart" by Robert Haven Schauffler
Place this pattern on brim with joining at back and pin to upturned slashes on brim.
"Make Your Own Hats" by Gene Allen Martin
And is not the world full to the very brim, of Kings and their sons?
"Bubbles of the Foam" by Unknown
She was perhaps eighteen or nineteen, and brimful of lusty life.
"The Call of the Blood" by Robert Smythe Hichens
Charlie was his name; a bright, intelligent boy, brimful of mischief and fun.
"Eventide" by Effie Afton
The child was brimming over with unreason.
"A Little Girl in Old Detroit" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
He wore an old battered hat, the brim of which flopped over his face and half masked his features.
"Ruth Fielding at the War Front" by Alice B. Emerson
Little wonder that he remembered those fiery pits with the dark figures dancing around their brims!
"Major Vigoureux" by A. T. Quiller-Couch
Also he's attired in a wide-brimmed black felt hat, considerable dusty, and a long black coat with a rip in the shoulder seam.
"Shorty McCabe on the Job" by Sewell Ford
I'm brimful of ideas, and we have not had any sort of entertainment for two years now.
"Pixie O'Shaughnessy" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
So he went up to the store and bought Jim a red shirt, long black and bright gum boots, a broad-brimmed hat, and a belt.
"The Little Gold Miners of the Sierras and Other Stories" by Various
I was sitting upon the brim, and gazing down into the whirlpool.
"Debts of Honor" by Maurus Jókai
The stars thus eulogised brimmed with smiles and searched his face.
"The False Chevalier" by William Douw Lighthall
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In poetry:

The joys can dwell only
In Jupiter's palace—
Brimmed bright with your nectar,
Oh, reach me the chalice!
"Dithyramb" by Friedrich von Schiller
Lo! every tulip is a cup
To hold Thy morning's brimming wine;
Drink, O my soul, the wonder up---
Is it not Thine?
"An Easter Canticle" by Charles Hanson Towne
Up it comes all brown and dim,
Telling of the twilight sweet:
As it rises to the brim
See the sun and water meet!
"Cottage-Songs" by George MacDonald
I wonder if ever he guesses
That under the ragged brim
Of his torn straw hat I am peeping
To steal a look at him.
"The Ploughboy" by Kate Seymour Maclean
Ah! now I am beloved by him;
The secret I will keep;
In silence to the mantling brim,
I'll quaff this cup so deep.
"The Lady's Soliloquy" by James Avis Bartley
Joe Murphy seized an empty pot
And filled it brimming full.
The stranger raised it to his lips
And took a mighty pull.
"The Swagless Swaggie" by Edward Harrington

In news:

Duties, clubs, house-cleaning, whatever it was that pressure-packed each day to the brim.
The new theater season brims with promise, excitement and innovation.
Brimming With Pride, Son Seeks Resting Place for Dad's Hat Hoard .
Every summer, cars are packed to the brim, bags are stuffed into overhead compartments and train seats are filled with fidgety legs as the excitement of travel takes over.
It is Day 2 here at the Area Rug Market, and showrooms are brimming with activity.
Fill 4 tall glasses to the brim with ice .
Pumas keeper Dustyn Brim eyes the ball during Tuesday's Open Cup game against Cal FC.
Whip-smart, exciting and ultimately poignant, like any good science fiction film it brims with ideas and possibilities.
And folks, some wine lists even intimidate the heck out of me, especially those brimming with wines no one on earth has ever heard of, from rare indigenous grape varieties and hole-in-the-wall producers.
Cleveland County Jail site indicates Mark Brim has surrendered.
Everything else about the company's display at LDI, held at the Las Vegas Convention Center October 18-21, is big, bold and brimming with pure lighting excitement.
Orchestra's 'Christmas Show' brimming with magical delights.
Dabo Swinney is a glass half-full kinda guy, one who almost always seems to be brimming with optimism no matter what obstacles may litter his path.
0Paris Hilton's former Simple Life costar paired a feather-printed tee with black denim short shorts and a wide-brimmed hat for a trip to an L.A.
Ok I don't have kids so I don't really know the feeling of seeing your child not only help themselves to something off of the shelf but then to see that item is a box filled to the brim with penises.
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In science:

Boek gebaseer op ’n lesingreeks by Hewlett-Packard Labs se Basic Research Institute in the Mathematical Sciences (BRIMS), in Bristol tussen November 1996 en April 1997.
Quantum computing (Kwantumberekening)
The comparison manifests that rotational barriers along the Sombrero brim appear as a third-order effect.
Off-center impurity in alkali halides: reorientation, electric polarization and pairing to F center. I. Basic equations
Db-Dc)/G]Q0, Q0 is the off-center radius, viz. the brim radius of the off-center vibronic potential .
Chirality of off-center orbital rotation: comparison with lepton spin rotation
This was the month the rivers would fill to the brim with muddy water that brought life to the fields. Now this has all stopped.
Maria Reiche's Line to Archaeoastronomy
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