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Definition of HEM

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Hem \Hem\ (h[e^]m), pron. [OE., fr. AS. him, heom, dative pl. of. h[=e] he. See {He}, {They}.] Them [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Hem \Hem\, v. i. [[root]15. See {Hem}, interj.] To make the sound expressed by the word hem; hence, to hesitate in speaking. "Hem, and stroke thy beard." --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Hem \Hem\, interj.
     An onomatopoetic word used as an expression of hesitation, doubt, etc. It is often a sort of voluntary half cough, loud or subdued, and would perhaps be better expressed by hm. [1913 Webster]

           Cough or cry hem, if anybody come.       --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Hem \Hem\, n.
     An utterance or sound of the voice, hem or hm, often indicative of hesitation or doubt, sometimes used to call attention. "His morning hems." --Spectator. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Hem \Hem\, n. [AS. hem, border, margin; cf. Fries. h[aum]mel, Prov. G. hammel hem of mire or dirt.]
     1. The edge or border of a garment or cloth, doubled over and sewed, to strengthen it and prevent raveling. [1913 Webster]

     2. Border; edge; margin. "Hem of the sea." --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     3. A border made on sheet-metal ware by doubling over the edge of the sheet, to stiffen it and remove the sharp edge. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Hem \Hem\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Hemmed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Hemming}.]
     1. To form a hem or border to; to fold and sew down the edge of. --Wordsworth. [1913 Webster]

     2. To border; to edge
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              All the skirt about
              Was hemmed with golden fringe.        --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

     {To hem about}, {To hem around}, or {To hem in}, to inclose and confine; to surround; to environ. "With valiant squadrons round about to hem." --Fairfax. "Hemmed in to be a spoil to tyranny." --Daniel.

     {To hem out}, to shut out. "You can not hem me out of London." --J. Webster. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

117 Moby Thesaurus words for "hem":
     adjoin, bank, bar, beading, befringe, begird, beset, bind, binding, board, border, bordering, bordure, bound, box, box in, box up, brim, brink, brow, bulkhead in, cage, circle, circumscribe, close in, coast, confine, corral, cramp, define, edge, edging, encircle, encompass, enframe, envelop, falter, featheredge, fence, fimbria, fimbriation, flange, flounce, frame, frill, frilling, fringe, furbelow, galloon, gird, girdle, halt, haw, hedge, hem and haw, hem in, hesitate, hum, hum and haw, immure, keep from spreading, keep within bounds, labellum, labium, labrum, lap, ledge, limb, limbus, limit, line, lip, list, localize, mammer, march, marge, margin, marginate, motif, narrow, pale, palisade, pen, perimeter, periphery, picket, purfle, purl, qualify, ragged edge, rail, restrict, rim, ring, round, ruffle, selvage, set off, shore, shut, side, sideline, skirt, skirting, stammer, stint, stumble, stutter, surround, tighten, trim, trimming, valance, verge, wall, welt


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