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hem 1

 (hĕm)
n.
1. An edge or border on a piece of cloth, especially a finished edge, as for a garment or curtain, made by folding an edge under and stitching it down.
2. The height or level of the bottom edge of a skirt, dress, or coat; a hemline.
tr.v. hemmed, hem·ming, hems
1. To fold back and stitch down the edge of.
2. To surround and shut in; enclose: a valley hemmed in by mountains. See Synonyms at enclose.

[Middle English, from Old English hem, hemm.]

hem′mer n.

hem 2

 (hĕm)
n.
A short cough or clearing of the throat made especially to gain attention, warn another, hide embarrassment, or fill a pause in speech.
intr.v. hemmed, hem·ming, hems
1. To utter a hem.
2. To hesitate in speech.
Idiom:
hem and haw
To be hesitant and indecisive; equivocate: "a leader who cannot make up his or her mind, never knows what to do, hems and haws" (Margaret Thatcher).

[From Middle English heminge, coughing, of imitative origin.]

hem

(hɛm)
n
1. (Knitting & Sewing) an edge to a piece of cloth, made by folding the raw edge under and stitching it down
2. (Clothing & Fashion) an edge to a piece of cloth, made by folding the raw edge under and stitching it down
3. (Knitting & Sewing) short for hemline
vb (tr) , hems, hemming or hemmed
4. (Knitting & Sewing) to provide with a hem
5. (usually foll by: in, around, or about) to enclose or confine
[Old English hemm; related to Old Frisian hemme enclosed land]

hem

(hɛm)
n, interj
a representation of the sound of clearing the throat, used to gain attention, express hesitation, etc
vb, hems, hemming or hemmed
1. (intr) to utter this sound
2. hem and haw hum and haw to hesitate in speaking or in making a decision

hem1

(hɛm)

v. hemmed, hem•ming,
n. v.t.
1. to fold back and sew down the edge of (cloth, a garment, etc.); form an edge or border on or around.
2. to enclose or confine (usu. fol. by in, around, or about): hemmed in by enemies.
n.
3. an edge made by folding back the margin of cloth and sewing it down.
4. the bottom edge or border of a garment, drape, etc.
5. the edge, border, or margin of anything.
[before 1000; Middle English hem(m)]
hem′mer, n.

hem2

(hɛm)

interj., n., v. hemmed, hem•ming. interj.
1. (an utterance resembling a slight clearing of the throat, used esp. to attract attention or express doubt or hesitation.)
n.
2. the utterance or sound of “hem.”
v.i.
3. to utter the sound “hem.”
4. to hesitate in speaking.
Idioms:
hem and haw,
a. to hesitate or falter while speaking.
b. to avoid giving a direct answer.
[1520–30; imitative]

hem-

var. of hemo- before a vowel: hemagglutinate.
Also, esp. Brit., haem-.

hem


Past participle: hemmed
Gerund: hemming

Imperative
hem
hem
Present
I hem
you hem
he/she/it hems
we hem
you hem
they hem
Preterite
I hemmed
you hemmed
he/she/it hemmed
we hemmed
you hemmed
they hemmed
Present Continuous
I am hemming
you are hemming
he/she/it is hemming
we are hemming
you are hemming
they are hemming
Present Perfect
I have hemmed
you have hemmed
he/she/it has hemmed
we have hemmed
you have hemmed
they have hemmed
Past Continuous
I was hemming
you were hemming
he/she/it was hemming
we were hemming
you were hemming
they were hemming
Past Perfect
I had hemmed
you had hemmed
he/she/it had hemmed
we had hemmed
you had hemmed
they had hemmed
Future
I will hem
you will hem
he/she/it will hem
we will hem
you will hem
they will hem
Future Perfect
I will have hemmed
you will have hemmed
he/she/it will have hemmed
we will have hemmed
you will have hemmed
they will have hemmed
Future Continuous
I will be hemming
you will be hemming
he/she/it will be hemming
we will be hemming
you will be hemming
they will be hemming
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been hemming
you have been hemming
he/she/it has been hemming
we have been hemming
you have been hemming
they have been hemming
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been hemming
you will have been hemming
he/she/it will have been hemming
we will have been hemming
you will have been hemming
they will have been hemming
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been hemming
you had been hemming
he/she/it had been hemming
we had been hemming
you had been hemming
they had been hemming
Conditional
I would hem
you would hem
he/she/it would hem
we would hem
you would hem
they would hem
Past Conditional
I would have hemmed
you would have hemmed
he/she/it would have hemmed
we would have hemmed
you would have hemmed
they would have hemmed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hem - the edge of a piece of clothhem - the edge of a piece of cloth; especially the finished edge that has been doubled under and stitched down; "the hem of her dress was stained"; "let down the hem"; "he stitched weights into the curtain's hem"; "it seeped along the hem of his jacket"
edge - the outside limit of an object or area or surface; a place farthest away from the center of something; "the edge of the leaf is wavy"; "she sat on the edge of the bed"; "the water's edge"
cloth, fabric, textile, material - artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers; "the fabric in the curtains was light and semitransparent"; "woven cloth originated in Mesopotamia around 5000 BC"; "she measured off enough material for a dress"
2.hem - the utterance of a sound similar to clearing the throat; intended to get attention, express hesitancy, fill a pause, hide embarrassment, warn a friend, etc.
utterance, vocalization - the use of uttered sounds for auditory communication
Verb1.hem - fold over and sew together to provide with a hem; "hem my skirt"
sew, sew together, stitch, run up - fasten by sewing; do needlework
2.hem - utter `hem' or `ahem'
let loose, let out, utter, emit - express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words); "She let out a big heavy sigh"; "He uttered strange sounds that nobody could understand"

hem

noun edge, border, margin, trimming, fringe Cut a jagged edge along the hem to give a ragged look.
hem something or someone in
1. surround, edge, border, skirt, confine, enclose, shut in, hedge in, environ Manchester is hemmed in by greenbelt countryside.
2. restrict, confine, beset, circumscribe hemmed in by rigid, legal contracts

hem

verb
1. To shut in on all sides:
2. To surround and advance upon:
Translations
حاشِيَه، هُدْبيَكُفُّ أو يَغْبِنُ ثَوْبا
obroubitobruba
kantkantesømsømme
faldafaldur
apsiuvaspalankas
apakšmalaapvīlētvīle
obrúbiť
rob
kenarkenarını bastırmakkıvrım

hem

[hem]
A. Ndobladillo m, bastilla f
B. VT (Sew) → hacer el dobladillo de, coser el dobladillo de
hem in VT + ADV (lit) (= surround) → cercar; (= corner) → arrinconar
our forces were hemmed in to both east and westnuestras fuerzas estaban cercadas por el este y el oeste
I feel hemmed inme siento constreñido or limitado

hem

[ˈhɛm]
nourlet m
vtourler
hem in
vtcerner
to feel hemmed in (fig)se sentir oppressé(e), se sentir écrasé(e)he-man [ˈhiːmæn] n(vrai) mâle m

hem

2
nSaum m
vtsäumen

hem

[hɛm]
1. n (hemline) → orlo
to let the hem down on a skirt → allungare una gonna
2. vtfare l'orlo a
hem in vt + advcingere, circondare
to feel hemmed in (fig) → sentirsi soffocare

hem

(hem) noun
the border of a piece of clothing, folded over and sewn.
verbpast tense, past participle hemmed
to make a hem on (a piece of clothing). I've hemmed the skirt.
hem in
to surround (someone). The soldiers were hemmed in on all sides by the enemy.
References in classic literature ?
exclaimed the boy, looking at her with much admiration, though he privately thought she would have good reason to be a trifle afraid of the old gentleman, if she met hem in some of his moods.
When the hem of her garment touched my face I trembled.
Edna and Robert both sat upon the ground--that is, he lay upon the ground beside her, occasionally picking at the hem of her muslin gown.
But what I wanter say is that they'd be willin' to be that ground, and lie down and let you walk over them--so to speak, Miss Carr, so to speak--if it would keep the hem of your gown from gettin' soiled in the mud o' the camp.
A characteristic sound, however,--neither a cough nor a hem, but a kind of rumbling and reverberating spasm in somebody's capacious depth of chest; --impelled her to hurry forward, with that aspect of fierce faint-heartedness so common to women in cases of perilous emergency.
Hem, hem, hem; here they are --here they go --all alive: --Aries, or the Ram; Taurus, or the Bull and Jimimi
and sent me to sit in a quiet corner of the schoolroom, with directions to hem the same.
Very stiff and sore of foot I was in the morning, and quite dazed by the beating of drums and marching of troops, which seemed to hem me in on every side when I went down towards the long narrow street.
As you like," said Nancy, trying to recover all her former coldness, and looking down carefully at the hem of her gown.
But Rebecca suddenly quitting her dejected posture, and making her way through the attendants to the palfrey of the Saxon lady, knelt down, and, after the Oriental fashion in addressing superiors, kissed the hem of Rowena's garment.
He kissed the hem of my dress and did not see that I closed my eyes.
Overcome with gratitude at my deliverance, I flung myself at her feet, and kissed the hem of her garment.