from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. 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.
- n. The height or level of the bottom edge of a skirt, dress, or coat; a hemline.
- transitive v. To fold back and stitch down the edge of.
- transitive v. To surround and shut in; enclose: a valley hemmed in by mountains. See Synonyms at enclose.
- n. A short cough or clearing of the throat made especially to gain attention, warn another, hide embarrassment, or fill a pause in speech.
- intransitive v. To utter a hem.
- intransitive v. 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The border of an article of clothing doubled back and stitched together to finish the edge and prevent it from fraying.
- n. A rim or margin of something.
- n. In sheet metal design, a rim or edge folded back on itself to create a smooth edge and to increase strength or rigidity.
- v. (in sewing) To make a hem.
- v. (in speaking) To make a sound like hem (usually coupled with "haw" as in "hemmed and hawed.")
- v. : To put hem on an article of clothing, to edge or put a border on something.
- v. : To surround something or someone in a confining way.
- interj. Used to fill in the gap of a pause with a vocalized sound.
- pro. Obsolete form of 'em.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An utterance or sound of the voice, hem or hm, often indicative of hesitation or doubt, sometimes used to call attention.
- n. The edge or border of a garment or cloth, doubled over and sewed, to strengthen it and prevent raveling.
- n. Border; edge; margin.
- n. A border made on sheet-metal ware by doubling over the edge of the sheet, to stiffen it and remove the sharp edge.
- interj. An onomatopoetic word used as an expression of hesitation, doubt, etc. It is often a sort of voluntary half cough, loud or subdued, and would perhaps be better expressed by hm.
- pro. Them.
- intransitive v. To make the sound expressed by the word hem; hence, to hesitate in speaking.
- transitive v. To form a hem or border to; to fold and sew down the edge of.
- transitive v. To border; to edge.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To form a hem or border to; fold and sew down the edge of: as, to hem an apron.
- To border; edge.
- To inclose; circumscribe; limit or confine by an environment of any kind: with in, about, or around.
- An interjectional utterance, a sort of voluntary half-cough, intended to attract the attention of a particular person, to cover embarrassment by feigned indifference or hesitation, etc. Also ahem.
- To make the sound expressed by the word hem; hence, to hesitate or stammer in speaking: as, to hem and haw.
- To remove or otherwise affect by coughing.
- See he, I., D .
- See hemato-.
- n. A narrow fold in the edge of a piece of textile material, made to prevent it from raveling.
- n. Edge; border; margin.
- n. In architecture, the projecting spiral of the Ionic capital.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. utter `hem' or `ahem'
- n. the edge of a piece of cloth; especially the finished edge that has been doubled under and stitched down
- v. fold over and sew together to provide with a hem
- n. 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.
‘Course, another reason that couples stayed together in the past was that women actually having jobs beyond washerwoman/alewyf/seamstress - hem hem**/ wise woman that paid a living wage is a comparatively recent phenomenon.
When seated, the dress hem is still nice and long.
"If this, señor," he said, breaking off, "does not win the señorita, we will try -- what you call hem -- direct action.
She "hem" - ed and "ha" - ed for awhile, and her simpering ways were just beginning to tell on my nerves, when she suddenly started talking very fast.
I am trimming them with lace or rickrack or just a plain hem.
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- I want a big circle skirt, black, where the hem is a four-inch border of grey mother-of-pearl buttons, in a bunch of different sizes.
Whitestone, the ladies would sew wool/mohair braid around the hems of their skirts - that is, the hem itself would be INSIDE the "braid sandwich" the braid was really just flat tape, a little like our hem bindings.
Maybe you can say, the hem is a little weird, can I get 10 percent off?
The length is fairly conservative—just below the knees—and the hem is a handkerchief, one of my favorites.
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