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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

TRIM'MER, n. One that trims; a timeserver.
1. A piece of timber fitted in.
All the joists and the trimmers for the staircase--

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a worker who thins out and trims trees and shrubs; "untouched by the pruner's axe" [syn: pruner, trimmer]
2: a machine that trims timber
3: capacitor having variable capacitance; used for making fine adjustments [syn: trimmer, trimming capacitor]
4: joist that receives the end of a header in floor or roof framing in order to leave an opening for a staircase or chimney etc. [syn: trimmer, trimmer joist]

Merriam Webster's

noun Date: 1555 1. a. (1) one that trims articles (2) one that stows coal or freight on a ship so as to distribute the weight properly b. an instrument or machine with which trimming is done c. a circuit element (as a capacitor) used to tune a circuit to a desired frequency 2. a beam that receives the end of a header in floor framing 3. a person who modifies a policy, position, or opinion especially out of expediency

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 a person who trims articles of dress. 2 a person who trims in politics etc.; a time-server. 3 an instrument for clipping etc. 4 Archit. a short piece of timber across an opening (e.g. for a hearth) to carry the ends of truncated joists. 5 a small capacitor etc. used to tune a radio set. 6 Austral. colloq. a striking or outstanding person or thing.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Trimmer Trim"mer, n. (Coal Storage) An apparatus used for piling the coal in gradually increasing piles made by building up at the point of the cone or top of the prism.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Trim Trim, a. [Compar. Trimmer; superl. Trimmest.] [See Trim, v. t.] Fitly adjusted; being in good order., or made ready for service or use; firm; compact; snug; neat; fair; as, the ship is trim, or trim built; everything about the man is trim; a person is trim when his body is well shaped and firm; his dress is trim when it fits closely to his body, and appears tight and snug; a man or a soldier is trim when he stands erect. With comely carriage of her countenance trim. --Spenser. So deemed I till I viewed their trim array Of boats last night. --Trench.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Trimmer Trim"mer, n. 1. One who trims, arranges, fits, or ornaments. 2. One who does not adopt extreme opinions in politics, or the like; one who fluctuates between parties, so as to appear to favor each; a timeserver. Thus Halifax was a trimmer on principle. --Macaulay. 3. An instrument with which trimming is done. 4. (Arch.) A beam, into which are framed the ends of headers in floor framing, as when a hole is to be left for stairs, or to avoid bringing joists near chimneys, and the like. See Illust. of Header.

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. Time-server, time-pleaser, timist, Janus, weather-cock.

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