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TRI-LU'MIN-AR, or TRI-LU'MIN-OUS, a. [L. tres and lumen, light.]

Having three lights.

TRIM, a. [Sax. trum, firm, stable, strong, secure; tryman, getrymian, to make firm, to strengthen, to prepare, to order or dispose, to exhort, persuade or animate. The primary sense is to set, to strain, or to make straight.]

Firm; compact; tight; snug; being in good order. We say of a ship, she is trim, or trim-built; every thing about the man is trim. We say of a person, he is trim, when his body is well shaped and firm; and we say, his dress is trim, when it sits closely to his body and appears tight and snug; and of posture we say, a man or a soldier is trim, when he stands erect. It is particularly applicable to soldiers, and in Saxon, truma is a troop or body of soldiers.

TRIM, n.

  1. Dress; gear; ornaments. Dryden.
  2. The state of a ship or her cargo, ballast, masts, &c., by which she is well prepared for sailing. Trim of the masts is their position in regard to the ship and to each other, as near or distant, far forward or much aft, erect or raking. Mar. Dict. Trim of sails, is that position and arrangement which is best adapted to impel the ship forward. Mar. Dict.

TRIM, v.i.

To balance; to fluctuate between parties, so as to appear to favor each. South.

TRIM, v.t. [Sax. trumian, trymian, to make firm or strong, to strengthen, to prepare, to put in order.]

  1. In a general sense, to make right, that is, to put in due order for any purpose. The hermit trimm'd his little fire. Goldsmith.
  2. To dress; to put the body in a proper state. I was trimm'd in Julia's gown. Shak.
  3. To decorate; to invest or embellish with extra ornaments; as, to trim a gown with lace. Dryden.
  4. To clip, as the hair of the head; also, to shave; that is, to put in due order.
  5. To lop, as superfluous branches; to prune; as, to trim trees. Mortimer.
  6. To supply with oil; as, to trim a lamp.
  7. To make neat; to adjust. I found her trimming up the diadem / On her dead mistress. Shak.
  8. In carpentry, to dress, as timber; to make smooth.
  9. To adjust the cargo of a ship, or the weight of persons or goods in a boat, so equally on each side of the center and at each end, that she shall sit well on the water and sail well. Thus we say, to trim a ship or a boat.
  10. To rebuke; to reprove sharply; a popular use of the word.
  11. To arrange in due order for sailing; as, to trim the sails. To trim in, in carpentry, to fit, as a piece of timber into other work. Moxon. Trim up, to dress; to put in order.

TRI'MES-TER, n. [L. trimestris, tres, three, and mensis, month.]

A term or period of three months. Ger. Universities.

TRIM'E-TER, or TRI-MET'RIC-AL, a. [Gr. τριμετρος, three measures.]

Consisting of three poetical measures, forming an iambic of six feet. Roscommon.


A poetical division of verse, consisting of three measures. Lowth.

TRIM'LY, adv.

Nicely; neatly; in good order. Spenser.


Put in good order; dressed; ornamented; clipped; shaved; balanced; rebuked.


  1. One that trims; a time-server.
  2. A piece of timber fitted in. All the joints and the trimmers for the staircase. Moxon.


Ornamental appendages to a garment, as lace, ribins and the like.


Putting in due order; dressing; decorating; pruning; balancing; fluctuating between parties.


In a trimming manner.


Neatness; snugness; the state of being close and in good order.

TRI'NAL, a. [L. trinus, three.]

Threefold. Milton.


Threefold; as, trine dimension, that is, length, breadth and thickness.

TRINE, n. [supra.]

In astrology, the aspect of planets distant from each other 120 degrees, forming the figure of a trigon or triangle. Cyc. Johnson.

TRINE, v.t.

To put in the aspect of a trine. Dryden.

TRIN-ED, pp.

Put in the aspect of a trine.

TRI-NERV'ATE, a. [L. tres and nervus.]

In botany, having three unbranched vessels extending from the base to the apex of a leaf.


In botany, a trinerved or three-nerved leaf, has three unbranched vessels extending from the base to the apex or point.

TRIN'GLE, n. [Fr.]

In architecture, a little square member or ornament, as a listel, reglet, platband and the like, but particularly a little member fixed exactly over every triglyph. Cyc.


Pertaining to the Trinity, or to the doctrine of the Trinity.


  1. One who believes the doctrine of the Trinity.
  2. One of an order of religious, who made it their business to redeem Christians from infidels.