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
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World English Dictionary
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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Example sentences
Bones built in me, flesh filled, blood brimmed the curse.
Some, mostly older, shielded themselves from the sun's fierce rays under broad-
  brimmed hats and umbrellas.
He's much more into nonchalant, brimmed hats these days.
The company's repertory brimmed with larger-than-life, heroic characters, both
  earthily anguished and celestially exalted.
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