brims, brimming, brimmed
1) N-COUNT: oft N of n, adj N The brim of a hat is the wide part that sticks outwards at the bottom.

Rain dripped from the brim of his baseball cap.

...a flat black hat with a wide brim.

Derived words:
-brimmed COMB in ADJ-GRADED usu ADJ n

She protected her head with a wide-brimmed straw-hat.

...a floppy-brimmed hat.

2) VERB: usu cont If someone or something is brimming with a particular quality, they are full of that quality.

[V with n] England are brimming with confidence after two straight wins in the tournament.

Brim over means the same as brim.

V P with n I noticed Dorabella was brimming over with excitement... Also V P V P with n Her heart brimmed over with love and adoration for Charles.

3) VERB When your eyes are brimming with tears, they are full of fluid because you are upset, although you are not actually crying.

[V with n] Michael looked at him imploringly, eyes brimming with tears.

be full of
Brim over means the same as brim.

Also V P V P with n When she saw me, her eyes brimmed over with tears and she could not speak.

4) VERB If something brims with particular things, it is packed full of them.

[V with n] The flowerbeds brim with a mixture of lilies and roses.

5) PHRASE: V inflects If something, especially a container, is filled to the brim or full to the brim with something, it is filled right up to the top.

Richard filled her glass right up to the brim...

The toilet was full to the brim with insects.

6) PHRASE: v-link PHR If you are full to the brim with a particular emotion, you feel that emotion so strongly that it is stronger than all other emotions.

Her heart beat so fast and she was full to the brim with joy.

Phrasal Verbs:
be full of

English dictionary. 2008.


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