Hem meaning

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To surround and shut in; enclose.

A valley hemmed in by mountains.

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Hem is defined as to fold and sew a piece of fabric to create a finished border.

An example of hem is making a pair of pants shorter.

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Any border, edge, or margin.
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In sheet metal design, a rim or edge folded back on itself to create a smooth edge and to increase strength or rigidity.
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Used to fill in the gap of a pause with a vocalized sound.
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The definition of a hem is the folded and sewn border of a piece of clothing or other material.

An example of a hem is the cuff of a shirt sleeve that keeps the fabric from unraveling.

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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.
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A short cough or clearing of the throat made especially to gain attention, warn another, hide embarrassment, or fill a pause in speech.
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The height or level of the bottom edge of a skirt, dress, or coat; a hemline.
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To fold back and stitch down the edge of.
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To make this sound, as in trying to get attention or in showing doubt.
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An utterance or sound of the voice like "hem", often indicative of hesitation or doubt, sometimes used to call attention.
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To make the sound expressed by the word hem; to hesitate in speaking.
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(sewing) The border of an article of clothing doubled back and stitched together to finish the edge and prevent it from fraying.
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A rim or margin of something.
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(intransitive) (in sewing) To make a hem.
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: To put hem on an article of clothing, to edge or put a border on something.
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: To surround something or someone in a confining way.
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Obsolete form of 'em.
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To utter a hem.
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To hesitate in speech.
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The border on a garment or piece of cloth, usually made by folding the edge and sewing it down.
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To fold back the edge of and sew down; put a hem or hems on.
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(used to suggest) The sound made in clearing the throat.
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hem and haw
  • To be hesitant and indecisive; equivocate:
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hem in
  • to encircle; surround
  • to confine or restrain
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hem and haw
  • to grope about in speech, while searching for the right words to say
  • to be vague or indecisive
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of hem

  • From Middle English heminge coughing of imitative origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English from Old English hem, hemm

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English hem, hemm, in turn from Old English hemm and related to Middle High German hemmen (“to hem in”), Old Norse hemja (“to hem in, restrain”). The Proto-Indo-European root gave rise also to Armenian քամել (kʿamel, “to press, wring”) and Russian ком (kom, “lump”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Old English him, heom, originally a dative plural form but in Middle English coming to serve as an accusative plural as well.

    From Wiktionary

  • A sound uttered in imitation of clearing the throat (onomatopoeia)

    From Wiktionary