from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Resistant to externally applied pressure.
- adj. Marked by or indicating the tone and resiliency of healthy tissue: firm muscles.
- adj. Securely fixed in place: Despite being hit by the car, the post was still firm.
- adj. Indicating or possessed of determination or resolution: a firm voice.
- adj. Constant; steadfast: a firm ally.
- adj. Not subject to change; fixed and definite: a firm bargain; a firm offer.
- adj. Unfluctuating; steady: Stock prices are still firm.
- adj. Strong and sure: a firm grasp.
- transitive v. To make or become firm. Often used with up.
- adv. Without wavering; resolutely: stand firm.
- n. A commercial partnership of two or more persons, especially when unincorporated.
- n. The name or designation under which a company transacts business.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A business partnership; the name under which it trades.
- n. A business enterprise, however organized.
- n. A criminal gang
- adj. steadfast, secure, hard (in position)
- adj. fixed (in opinion)
- adj. solid, rigid (material state)
- v. To make firm or strong; fix securely.
- v. To make compact or resistant to pressure; solidify.
- v. To become firm; stabilise.
- v. To improve after decline.
- v. Aust. To shorten (of betting odds).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Fixed; hence, closely compressed; compact; substantial; hard; solid; -- applied to the matter of bodies
- adj. Not easily excited or disturbed; unchanging in purpose; fixed; steady; constant; stable; unshaken; not easily changed in feelings or will; strong
- adj. Solid; -- opposed to fluid.
- adj. Indicating firmness
- n. The name, title, or style, under which a company transacts business; a partnership of two or more persons; a commercial house
- transitive v. To fix; to settle; to confirm; to establish.
- transitive v. To fix or direct with firmness.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having consistence or solidity; compact; close in fiber or dense in grain; hard: as, firm flesh; cloth of a firm texture.
- Strongly fixed; stable; rigid; immovable, or not easily moved: as, a firm foundation.
- Steady; not tottering or shaking; not relaxed or feeble; vigorous: as, a firm step; a firm seat in the saddle; to rule with a firm hand.
- Fixed in character; stable; enduring; established; steadfast; stanch: as, firm credit; firm prices; a firm friend; a firm conviction.
- Strong in action or manner; resolute; positive; confident: as, a firm defense or resistance; a firm answer; the firm handling of a subject in art or literature.
- Indicating firmness: as, a. firm countenance or demeanor.
- Determined; positive; distinctly stated.
- Synonyms Dense. Fast, established, secure.
- 2 and Immovable, stanch, strong, sturdy.
- To make firm; give consistence to.
- To fix; establish; confirm.
- To fix or direct with firmness.
- To confirm by signing; make valid by subscription or indorsement.
- n. The firm land; terra firma; in general, the mainland.
- n. A sign manual; a signature.
- n. A partnership or association of two or more persons for carrying on a business; a commercial house; a concern; also, the name or title under which associated parties transact business: as, the firm of Hope & Co.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the members of a business organization that owns or operates one or more establishments
- adj. unwavering in devotion to friend or vow or cause
- adj. securely fixed in place
- adj. possessing the tone and resiliency of healthy tissue
- adj. strong and sure
- v. become taut or tauter
- adj. securely established
- adj. not soft or yielding to pressure
- adj. (of especially a person's physical features) not shaking or trembling
- adj. not subject to revision or change
- v. make taut or tauter
- adj. not liable to fluctuate or especially to fall
- adj. marked by firm determination or resolution; not shakable
- adv. with resolute determination
Middle English ferm, from Old French, from Latin firmus.
Italian firma, from firmare, to ratify by signature, from Medieval Latin firmāre, from Latin, to confirm, from firmus, firm.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From German Firma ("business, name of business"), from Italian firma ("signature"), from firmare ("to sign"), from Latin firmare ("to make firm, to confirm (by signature)"), from firmus ("firm, stable"). (Wiktionary)
Middle English ferme, from Old French ferme, from Latin firmus ("strong, steady"). (Wiktionary)