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hem

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noun \ˈhem\

Simple Definition of hem

  • : the edge of a piece of cloth that is folded back and sewn down

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of hem

  1. 1 :  a border of a cloth article doubled back and stitched down

  2. 2 :  rim, margin <bright green hem of reeds about the ponds — R. M. Lockley>

Examples of hem in a sentence

  1. shorten the hem of the dress

  2. <the hem of the blouse was gold>



Origin and Etymology of hem

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Middle High German hemmen to hem in, Armenian kamel to press


First Known Use: before 12th century


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hem

verb

Definition of hem

hemmed

hemming

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to finish with a hem b :  border, edge

  3. 2 :  to surround in a restrictive manner :  confine —usually used with in <hemmed in by enemy troops>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to make a hem in sewing

hemmer

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14th Century

First Known Use of hem

14th century


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hem

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verb \ˈhem\

Definition of hem

hemmed

hemming

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to utter the sound represented by hem <hemmed and hawed before answering>

  3. 2 :  equivocate <the administration hemmed and hawed over the students' demands>



15th Century

First Known Use of hem

15th century


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hem

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interjection \usually read as ˈhem\

Definition of hem

  1. —often used to indicate a vocalized pause in speaking



Origin and Etymology of hem

imitative


hem-

combining form

Definition of hem-

  1. :  blood <hemagglutination> <hemoflagellate>



Variants of hem-

or

hemo-

Origin and Etymology of hem-

Latin haem-, haemo-, from Greek haim-, haimo-, from haima



HEM Defined for Kids

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hem

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noun \ˈhem\

Definition of hem for Students

  1. :  a border of a cloth article made by folding back an edge and sewing it down




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hem

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verb

Definition of hem for Students

hemmed

hemming

  1. 1 :  to finish with or make a hem <I hemmed my skirt.>

  2. 2 :  surround 1 <Our yard is hemmed in by trees.>





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