Origin of firmerFrench fermoir, altered from formoir from former, to form
The definition of firmer is more solid, or more unyielding when pressed.
If one mattress is harder and more unyielding than the other, it is an example of a firmer mattress.
designating a carpenter's chisel or gouge with a thin blade fixed in a handle
a firmer chisel or gouge
- Cromwell's government seemed now established on the firmer footing of law and national approval, he himself obtaining the powers though not the title of a constitutional monarch, with a permanent revenue of £1,300,000 for the ordinary expenses of the administration, the command of the forces, the right to nominate his successor and, subject to the approval of parliament, the members of the council and of the new second chamber now established, while at the same time the freedom of parliament was guaranteed in its elections.
- Wings usually well developed, net-veined; the forewings of firmer texture than the hind-wings, whose anal area folds.
- As their tenure of power grew firmer, they advanced dynastic claims, assumed titles, and took the style of petty sovereigns.
- Erasmus Darwin (Zoonomia, 17 94), though a zealous evolutionist, can hardly be said to have made any real advance on his predecessors; and, notwithstanding the fact that Goethe had the advantage of a wide knowledge of morphological facts, and a true insight into their signification, while he threw all the power of a great poet into the expression of his conceptions, it may be questioned whether he supplied the doctrine of evolution with a firmer scientific basis than it already possessed.
- Brandt now retained very nearly the same arrangement as his predecessor; but, notwithstanding that he could trust to the firmer foundation of internal framework, he took at least two retrograde steps.