1 [brim]
the upper edge of anything hollow; rim; brink: the brim of a cup.
a projecting edge: the brim of a hat.
verb (used without object), brimmed, brimming.
to be full to the brim.
verb (used with object), brimmed, brimming.
to fill to the brim.

1175–1225; Middle English brimme brink, rim (earlier, shore, bank); apparently akin to Middle High German brem, (German Bräme), Old Norse barmr rim, edge

brimless, adjective
brimmingly, adverb
unbrimming, adjective

1. See rim. Unabridged


2 [brim]
noun, plural (especially collectively) brim (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) brims.
Southern U.S. bream1 ( def 4 ). Unabridged
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bream or (Austral) brim1 (briːm, brɪm)
n , pl bream, brim
1.  any of several Eurasian freshwater cyprinid fishes of the genus Abramis, esp A. brama, having a deep compressed body covered with silvery scales
2.  white bream, silver bream a similar cyprinid, Blicca bjoerkna
3.  short for sea bream
4.  (Austral) any of various marine fishes
[C14: from Old French bresme, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German brahsema; perhaps related to brehan to glitter]
brim or (Austral) brim1
[C14: from Old French bresme, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German brahsema; perhaps related to brehan to glitter]

brim (brɪm)
1.  the upper rim of a vessel: the brim of a cup
2.  a projecting rim or edge: the brim of a hat
3.  the brink or edge of something
vb , brims, brimming, brimmed
4.  to fill or be full to the brim: eyes brimming with tears
[C13: from Middle High German brem, probably from Old Norse barmr; see berm]

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Word Origin & History

c.1200, brymme "edge of the sea," of obscure origin, perhaps akin to O.N. barmr "rim, brim," probably related to Ger. bräme "margin, border, fringe," from PIE *bhrem- "point, spike, edge." (O.E. brim meant "sea, surf," and probably was from the Gmc. stem brem- "to roar, rage.") Extended by 1520s
to cups, basins, hats.
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Medical Dictionary

brim (brĭm)
The rim of the upper opening of the pelvis.

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Idioms & Phrases


see filled to the brim.

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Example sentences
If you fill a cup to its brim eventually a single drop will cause it to
If you wear it straight with the brim forward, up or down, it's more of a
  clean-cut look.
Hook and loop tabs allows sides of brim to be flipped up as the weather changes.
Dead leaves drift on the green, cloudy water that's nearly to the brim of the
  six-million-gallon open concrete reservoir.
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