From (etyl) rim, from Old English .
(meteorology, uncountable) ice formed by the rapid freezing of cold water droplets of fog onto a cold surface.
* De Quincey
(meteorology, uncountable) a coating or sheet of ice so formed.
(uncountable) a film or slimy coating.
- The trees were now covered with rime .
* (a deposition of ice) hoarfrost, frost
To freeze or congeal into hoarfrost.
(etyl) rime, from (etyl) . Influenced in meaning by (etyl) rime from the same Germanic source.
(obsolete, or, dialectal) Number.
(linguistics) the second part of a syllable, from the vowel on, as opposed to the onset
In reading education, "rime" refers to the vowel and the letters that come after the vowels in a syllable. For example, sit, spit, and split all have the same rime (-it). Words that rhyme often share the same rime, such as rock and sock (-ock). However, words that rhyme do not always share the same rime, such as claim and fame (-aim and -ame). Additionally, words that share the same rime do not always rhyme, such as tough and though (-ough). Rhyme and rime are not interchangeable, although they often overlap.
A step of a ladder; a rung.
A rent or long aperture; a chink; a fissure; a crack.
- (Sir Thomas Browne)
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