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hem definition

  • noun:
    • a benefit or border on a bit of cloth, particularly a finished advantage, as for a garment or curtain, produced by folding an advantage under and sewing it down.
    • The level or standard of the bottom side of a skirt, gown, or coat; a hemline.
    • A short cough or clearing associated with neck made especially to get attention, warn another, hide embarrassment, or fill a pause in message.
    • The border of articles of clothing doubled back and stitched collectively in order to complete the advantage and stop it from fraying.
    • A rim or margin of something.
    • In sheet metal design, a rim or advantage folded right back on itself to generate a smooth side and boost strength or rigidity.
    • An utterance or sound associated with vocals, hem or hm, often indicative of doubt or question, occasionally always phone interest.
    • The advantage or border of a garment or fabric, doubled over and sewed, to bolster it and give a wide berth to raveling.
    • Border; side; margin.
    • A border made on sheet-metal ware by doubling across edge of the sheet, to stiffen it and remove the razor-sharp edge.
    • A narrow fold inside side of an item of textile material, meant to avoid it from raveling.
    • Edge; edge; margin.
    • In architecture, the projecting spiral of this Ionic capital.
    • the edge of a bit of fabric; especially the finished edge which has been doubled under and stitched down
    • the utterance of an audio similar to clearing the throat; meant to get attention, present hesitancy, fill a pause, cover shame, warn a pal, etc.
  • verb-transitive:
    • To fold back and stitch along the edge of.
    • To surround and shut in; enclose: a valley hemmed in by hills. See Synonyms at enclose.
    • to create a hem or edge to; to fold and sew down the side of.
    • To border; to edge.
  • verb-intransitive:
    • To utter a hem.
    • To hesitate in speech.
    • to help make the sound expressed because of the term hem; therefore, to wait in talking.
  • idiom:
    • hem and haw Becoming hesitant and indecisive; equivocate: "a leader which cannot make-up their brain, never ever knows what you should do, hems and haws” ( Margaret Thatcher).
  • interjection:
    • Used to fill out the gap of a pause with a vocalized sound.
    • An onomatopoetic term made use of as an expression of hesitation, doubt, etc. It is often a sort of voluntary one half coughing, noisy or subdued, and would possibly be better expressed by hm.
  • verb:
    • (in sewing) In order to make a hem.
    • (in speaking) In order to make a sound like hem (usually along with "haw" as with "hemmed and hawed.")
    • : to place hem on a write-up of garments, to edge or put a border on some thing.
    • : To surround something or someone in a confining way.
    • utter `hem' or `ahem'
    • fold over and sew collectively to provide with a hem
  • pronoun:
    • Obsolete form of 'em.
    • Them.
  • others:
    • to make a hem or edge to; fold and sew down the edge of: as, to hem an apron.
    • To border; advantage.
    • To inclose; circumscribe; restriction or confine by a full world of any kind: with in, about, or around.
    • An interjectional utterance, sort of voluntary half-cough, intended to attract the attention of somebody, to pay for shame by feigned indifference or doubt, etc. Also ahem.
    • To make the sound expressed because of the word hem; ergo, to wait or stammer in speaking: since, to hem and haw.
    • to eliminate or elsewhere affect by coughing.
    • See he, I., D .
    • See hemato-.
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