The definition of a hem is the folded and sewn border of a piece of clothing or other material.(noun)
An example of a hem is the cuff of a shirt sleeve that keeps the fabric from unraveling.
Hem is defined as to fold and sew a piece of fabric to create a finished border.(verb)
An example of hem is making a pair of pants shorter.
See hem in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME < OE, akin to MLowG ham, enclosed piece of land < IE base *kem-, to compress, impede > hamper
See hem in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English
Origin: , from Old English hem, hemm.
Origin: From Middle English heminge, coughing
Origin: , of imitative origin.
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