Saturday, March 19, 2016

Word of the day: rime

The word of the day is rime:


  1. Also called rime ice. an opaque coating of tiny, white, granular ice particles, caused by the rapid freezing of supercooled water droplets on impact with an object. Compare frost(def 2), glaze (def 17).

verb (used with object), rimed,rim·ing.

  1. to cover with rime or hoarfrost.
"hoarfrost," O.E. hrim, from P.Gmc. *khrima- (cf. O.N. hrim, Du. rijm, Ger. Reif). O.Fr. rime is of Gmc. origin. Rare in M.E., surviving mainly in Scottish and northern Eng., revived in literary use late 18c.


"They were enveloped in a dense freezing fog, and all the rigging became rimed in ice."

 - Hampton Sides, In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Voyage of the USS Jeannette

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