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scrim

[skrim] /skrɪm/
noun
1.
a cotton or linen fabric of open weave used for bunting, curtains, etc.
2.
Theater. a piece of such fabric used as a drop, border, or the like, for creating the illusion of a solid wall or backdrop under certain lighting conditions or creating a semitransparent curtain when lit from behind.
Origin
1785-1795
1785-95; origin uncertain
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  • Again, people perceive bias through the scrim of ideology.
  • By contrast, the eyes in any face painted by him are likely to be missing entirely or smeared shut or obscured by a milky scrim.
  • Nylon scrim is normally used because it is relatively light in weight, although polyester scrim is also used.
British Dictionary definitions for scrim

scrim

/skrɪm/
noun
1.
an open-weave muslin or hessian fabric, used in upholstery, lining, building, and in the theatre to create the illusion of a solid wall or to suggest haziness, etc, according to the lighting
Word Origin
C18: origin unknown
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Word Origin and History for scrim
n.

"upholstery lining," 1792, of unknown origin.

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