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scrim / skrim/ • n. strong, coarse fabric, chiefly used for heavy-duty lining or upholstery. ∎  Theater a piece of gauze cloth that appears opaque until lit from behind, used as a screen or backdrop. ∎  a similar heatproof cloth put over film or television lamps to diffuse the light. ∎  a thing that conceals or obscures something: a thin scrim of fog covered the island.

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