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hem

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noun \ˈhem\

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

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Origin and Etymology of hem

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


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hem

verb

Definition of hem

hemmed

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hemming

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to finish with a hemb :  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

noun

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First Known Use of hem

14th century


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hem

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verb \ˈhem\

Definition of hem

hemmed

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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

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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
variants: or

hemo-

Definition of hem-

  1. :  blood hemagglutination hemoflagellate

Origin and Etymology of hem-

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



HEM Defined for English Language Learners

hem

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noun

Definition of hem for English Language Learners

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


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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