What does HEM mean?

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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'

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

  10. Origin: [OE., fr. AS. him, heom, dative pl. of. h he. See He, They.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hem

    hem, n. the border of a garment doubled down and sewed.—v.t. to form a hem on: to edge:—pr.p. hem′ming; pa.p. hemmed.—n. Hem′-stitch, the ornamental finishing of the inner side of a hem, made by pulling out several threads adjoining it and drawing together in groups the cross-threads by successive stitches.—v.t. to embroider with such.—Hem in, to surround. [A.S. hemm, a border; Ger. hamm, a fence.]

  2. Hem

    hem, n. and interj. a sort of half-cough to draw attention.—v.i. to utter the sound hem!pr.p. hem′ming; pa.p. hemmed. [Imit.]

  3. Hem

    hem, (Spens.) them.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of HEM in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of HEM in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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