Definitions for HEMhɛm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

hemhɛm(v.; n.)hemmed, hem•ming

  1. (v.t.)to fold back and sew down the edge of (cloth, a garment, etc.); form an edge or border on or around.

    Category: Clothing

  2. to enclose or confine (usu. fol. by in, around, or about):

    hemmed in by enemies.

  3. (n.)an edge made by folding back the margin of cloth and sewing it down.

    Category: Clothing

  4. the bottom edge or border of a garment, drape, etc.

    Category: Clothing

  5. the edge, border, or margin of anything.

Origin of hem:

bef. 1000; ME hem(m)


hemhɛm(interj.; n.; v.)hemmed, hem•ming.

  1. (interj.)(an utterance resembling a slight clearing of the throat, used esp. to attract attention or express doubt or hesitation.)

  2. (n.)the utterance or sound of “hem.”

  3. (v.i.)to utter the sound “hem.”

  4. to hesitate in speaking.

Idioms for hem:

  1. hem and haw, to hesitate or falter while speaking. to avoid giving a direct answer.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of hem:

1520–30; imit.


  1. hemagglutinate.

    Category: Affix

    Ref: var. of hemo- before a vowel; Also, esp. Brit., haem-.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. hem(noun)

    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"

  2. hem, ahem(verb)

    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.

  3. hem(verb)

    fold over and sew together to provide with a hem

    "hem my skirt"

  4. hem(verb)

    utter `hem' or `ahem'

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. hem(noun)ɛm

    the bottom edge of a piece of clothing or other material, where it is folded and sewn

    the hem of the pants/curtains

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hem


  2. Hem

    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

  3. Hem(noun)

    an utterance or sound of the voice, hem or hm, often indicative of hesitation or doubt, sometimes used to call attention

  4. Hem(verb)

    to make the sound expressed by the word hem; hence, to hesitate in speaking

  5. Hem(noun)

    the edge or border of a garment or cloth, doubled over and sewed, to strengthen raveling

  6. Hem(noun)

    border; edge; margin

  7. Hem(noun)

    a border made on sheet-metal ware by doubling over the edge of the sheet, to stiffen it and remove the sharp edge

  8. Hem(verb)

    to form a hem or border to; to fold and sew down the edge of

  9. Hem(verb)

    to border; to edge


  1. Hem

    A hem in sewing is a garment finishing method, where the edge of a piece of cloth is folded narrowly and sewn to prevent unravelling of the fabric.

Anagrams of HEM

  1. Meh

Translations for HEM

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the border of a piece of clothing, folded over and sewn.

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