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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 ?
The fact is, then, Senor Don Quixote, that though you see me seated in this chair, here in the middle of the kingdom of Aragon, and in the attire of a despised outcast duenna, I am from the Asturias of Oviedo, and of a family with which many of the best of the province are connected by blood; but my untoward fate and the improvidence of my parents, who, I know not how, were unseasonably reduced to poverty, brought me to the court of Madrid, where as a provision and to avoid greater misfortunes, my parents placed me as seamstress in the service of a lady of quality, and I would have you know that for hemming and sewing I have never been surpassed by any all my life.
Like a lioness caught in the toils with huntsmen hemming her in on every side she thought and thought till she sank into a slumber, and lay on her bed bereft of thought and motion.
In every direction he heard some one or other of the gang hemming him in.
Leaning forward, he touched the farther end of the strip of brown stuff that she was hemming.
I am going up-stairs to take this work to Miss Morgan: she does the open hemming very well.
For long he muttered to himself, staring at Smee, who was hemming placidly, under the conviction that all children feared him.
There was always plenty of sewing on hand; but I had not been taught to cut out a single garment, and except plain hemming and seaming, there was little I could do, even in that line; for they both asserted that it was far easier to do the work themselves than to prepare it for me: and besides, they liked better to see me prosecuting my studies, or amusing myself--it was time enough for me to sit bending over my work, like a grave matron, when my favourite little pussy was become a steady old cat.
A score of times was her life menaced by charging lions, by plunging horses, or by the wildly fired bullets of the frightened troopers, yet there was no chance of escape, for now with the fiendish cunning of their kind, the tawny hunters commenced to circle about their prey, hemming them within a ring of mighty, yellow fangs, and sharp, long talons.
You just let me direct Miss Hemming how to make some of these things.
You, a graceless baggage, a foolish lack-brain, with no thought above the hemming of shifts.
Anne rose to her feet, with clasped hands, the tears still glistening on her cheeks; the dish towel she had been hemming slipped unheeded to the floor.
said I, appealing to her sister, who seemed to be absorbed in the hemming of a large, coarse sheet.