Definitions for HEMhɛm
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
hemhɛm(v.; n.)hemmed, hem•ming
(v.t.)to fold back and sew down the edge of (cloth, a garment, etc.); form an edge or border on or around.
to enclose or confine (usu. fol. by in, around, or about):
hemmed in by enemies.
(n.)an edge made by folding back the margin of cloth and sewing it down.
the bottom edge or border of a garment, drape, etc.
the edge, border, or margin of anything.
Origin of hem:
bef. 1000; ME hem(m)
hemhɛm(interj.; n.; v.)hemmed, hem•ming.
(interj.)(an utterance resembling a slight clearing of the throat, used esp. to attract attention or express doubt or hesitation.)
(n.)the utterance or sound of “hem.”
(v.i.)to utter the sound “hem.”
to hesitate in speaking.
Idioms for hem:
hem and haw, to hesitate or falter while speaking. to avoid giving a direct answer.
Origin of hem:
Ref: var. of hemo- before a vowel; Also, esp. Brit., haem-.
the edge of a piece of cloth; especially the finished edge that has been doubled under and stitched down
"the hem of her dress was stained"; "let down the hem"; "he stitched weights into the curtain's hem"; "it seeped along the hem of his jacket"
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.
fold over and sew together to provide with a hem
"hem my skirt"
utter `hem' or `ahem'
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
the bottom edge of a piece of clothing or other material, where it is folded and sewn
the hem of the pants/curtains
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
an utterance or sound of the voice, hem or hm, often indicative of hesitation or doubt, sometimes used to call attention
to make the sound expressed by the word hem; hence, to hesitate in speaking
the edge or border of a garment or cloth, doubled over and sewed, to strengthen raveling
border; edge; margin
a border made on sheet-metal ware by doubling over the edge of the sheet, to stiffen it and remove the sharp edge
to form a hem or border to; to fold and sew down the edge of
to border; to edge
Translations for HEM
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
the border of a piece of clothing, folded over and sewn.
- حاشِيَه، هُدْبArabic
- bainhaPortuguese (BR)
- der SaumGerman
- søm; kantDanish
- שָׂפָה שׁל בֶּגֶדHebrew
- obrub, porubCroatian
- (천, 옷의) 단Korean
- palankas, apsiuvas, kraštelisLithuanian
- vīle; (svārku) apakšmalaLatvian
- fald, kantNorwegian
- ขอบ (ผ้า)Thai
- kıvrım, kenarTurkish
- 衣服摺邊Chinese (Trad.)
- рубець; пругUkrainian
- کپڑے کا کناراUrdu
- đường viền (áo, quần...)Vietnamese
- 折边Chinese (Simp.)
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