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1. The rim, border, or upper sdge of a cup, dish, or any hollow vessel used for holding anything. Saw i that insect on this goblet's brim i would remove it with an anxious pity. (Coleridge)

2. The edge or margin, as of a fountain, or of the water contained in it; the brink; border. The feet of the priest that bare the ark were dipped in the brim of the water. (Josh. Iii. 15)

3. The rim of a hat.

Origin: oe. Brim, brimme, as. Brymme edge, border; akin to Icel. Barmr, Sw. Bram, dan. Braemme, g. Brame, brame. Possibly the same word as as. Brim surge, sea, and properly meaning, the line of surf at the border of the sea, and akin to L. Fremere to roar, murmur. Cf. Breeze a fly.