shim

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ʃɪm/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ʃɪm/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(shim)


Inflections of 'shim' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
shims
v 3rd person singular
shimming
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
shimmed
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
shimmed
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
shim /ʃɪm/USA pronunciation   n., v.,  shimmed, shim•ming. 
n. [countable]
  1. Buildinga thin wedge of metal, etc., for driving into holes or gaps, as between machine parts, to level them.

v. [+ object]
  1. Buildingto fill out or bring to a level by inserting a shim or shims.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
shim  (shim),USA pronunciation n., v.,  shimmed, shim•ming. 
n. 
  1. Buildinga thin slip or wedge of metal, wood, etc., for driving into crevices, as between machine parts to compensate for wear, or beneath bedplates, large stones, etc., to level them.

v.t. 
  1. Buildingto fill out or bring to a level by inserting a shim or shims.
  • origin, originally uncertain 1715–25

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
shim /ʃɪm/ n
  1. a thin packing strip or washer often used with a number of similar washers or strips to adjust a clearance for gears, etc
vb (shims, shimming, shimmed)
  1. (transitive) to modify a load, clearance, or magnetic field by the use of shims
Etymology: 18th Century: origin unknown
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