What does firm mean?

Definitions for firm

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word firm.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. firm, house, business firmadjective

    the members of a business organization that owns or operates one or more establishments

    "he worked for a brokerage house"

  2. firm, steadfast, steady, stiff, unbendable, unfaltering, unshakable, unwaveringadjective

    marked by firm determination or resolution; not shakable

    "firm convictions"; "a firm mouth"; "steadfast resolve"; "a man of unbendable perseverence"; "unwavering loyalty"

  3. firm, solidadjective

    not soft or yielding to pressure

    "a firm mattress"; "the snow was firm underfoot"; "solid ground"

  4. firm, strongadjective

    strong and sure

    "a firm grasp"; "gave a strong pull on the rope"

  5. firmadjective

    not subject to revision or change

    "a firm contract"; "a firm offer"

  6. firmadjective

    (of especially a person's physical features) not shaking or trembling

    "his voice was firm and confident"; "a firm step"

  7. firm, steady, unfluctuatingadjective

    not liable to fluctuate or especially to fall

    "stocks are still firm"

  8. firmadjective

    securely established

    "holds a firm position as the country's leading poet"

  9. firmadjective

    possessing the tone and resiliency of healthy tissue

    "firm muscles"

  10. fast, firm, immobileadjective

    securely fixed in place

    "the post was still firm after being hit by the car"

  11. firm, loyal, truehearted, fast(a)verb

    unwavering in devotion to friend or vow or cause

    "a firm ally"; "loyal supporters"; "the true-hearted soldier...of Tippecanoe"- Campaign song for William Henry Harrison; "fast friends"

  12. tauten, firmverb

    become taut or tauter

    "Your muscles will firm when you exercise regularly"; "the rope tautened"

  13. tauten, firmadverb

    make taut or tauter

    "tauten a rope"

  14. firm, firmly, steadfastly, unwaveringlyadverb

    with resolute determination

    "we firmly believed it"; "you must stand firm"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Firm

    fixed; hence, closely compressed; compact; substantial; hard; solid; -- applied to the matter of bodies; as, firm flesh; firm muscles, firm wood

    Etymology: [OE. fermen to make firm, F. fermer, fr. L. firmare to make firm. See Firm, a.]

  2. Firm

    not easily excited or disturbed; unchanging in purpose; fixed; steady; constant; stable; unshaken; not easily changed in feelings or will; strong; as, a firm believer; a firm friend; a firm adherent

    Etymology: [OE. fermen to make firm, F. fermer, fr. L. firmare to make firm. See Firm, a.]

  3. Firm

    solid; -- opposed to fluid; as, firm land

    Etymology: [OE. fermen to make firm, F. fermer, fr. L. firmare to make firm. See Firm, a.]

  4. Firm

    indicating firmness; as, a firm tread; a firm countenance

    Etymology: [OE. fermen to make firm, F. fermer, fr. L. firmare to make firm. See Firm, a.]

  5. Firmadjective

    the name, title, or style, under which a company transacts business; a partnership of two or more persons; a commercial house; as, the firm of Hope & Co

    Etymology: [OE. fermen to make firm, F. fermer, fr. L. firmare to make firm. See Firm, a.]

  6. Firmadjective

    to fix; to settle; to confirm; to establish

    Etymology: [OE. fermen to make firm, F. fermer, fr. L. firmare to make firm. See Firm, a.]

  7. Firmadjective

    to fix or direct with firmness

    Etymology: [OE. fermen to make firm, F. fermer, fr. L. firmare to make firm. See Firm, a.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Firm

    fėrm, adj. fixed: compact: strong: not easily moved or disturbed: unshaken: resolute: decided.—v.t. (obs.) to fix, establish, confirm.—adj. Firm′less, wavering.—adv. Firm′ly.—n. Firm′ness. [O. Fr. ferme—L. firmus.]

  2. Firm

    fėrm, n. the title under which a company transacts business: a business house or partnership. [It. firma, from L. firmus. See Farm.]

Editors Contribution

  1. firm

    a business or company, especially a small one e.g. (electronics/advertising/law etc)

    1. She works for an electronics firm. 2. Kevin is with a firm of accountants in Birmingham.

    Submitted by Jon Snow on June 13, 2014  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'firm' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1149

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'firm' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1843

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'firm' in Nouns Frequency: #234

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'firm' in Adjectives Frequency: #365

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of firm in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of firm in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of firm in a Sentence

  1. Serhiy Gorbatyuk:

    We believe they wanted to avoid the time consuming competition they would have had to organize to hire the law firm legally, so they drew up the undervalued contract and probably arranged to pay the real fee in cash.

  2. Matt Jones:

    If the greens firm up, Pebble is going to play the hardest because they're such small greens, if you're not hitting your irons well enough, you're going to struggle out there.

  3. Tom Zegan:

    I am such a firm believer in the idea of "Free Press" so much that I took my neighbors newspaper off his porch this morning.

  4. Craig Pirrong:

    It's usually a broker that does this. I really can't recall any cases where someone trading on behalf of the firm would do that against the interest of his firm.

  5. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    Self-immolation as a way to protest against the injustices or as a way to fight for freedom cannot be accepted! All the fights must be done in the dimension of existence! Your body is your road to everywhere; if you destroy it, you lose all the roads! Stay firm and fight alive; no cause is more valuable than a man’s life! Keep your body out of the fire! Don’t ever praise the self-immolations; condemn them! Suicide is a defeat! Power is to fight, to fight peacefully, and not to die in agony!

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  • شركة, شركة تجاريةArabic
  • втвърдявам се, твърд, втвърдявам, корав, неотстъпчив, фирма, фиксирам, стабилен, закрепвамBulgarian
  • firma, fermCatalan, Valencian
  • ztvrdnout, pevný, firma, tvrdý, nepoddajný, upevnitCzech
  • firmaDanish
  • fest, FirmaGerman
  • γερός, στεριώνω, σταθεροποιούμαι, αμετακίνητος, στερεώνω, εταιρία, σταθεροποιώ, στέρεος, στιβαρός, επιχείρηση, ακράδαντος, σταθερόςGreek
  • veendunud, kindelEstonian
  • محکمPersian
  • luja, varmistaa, vankka, vakuuttunut, kiinnittää, tukeva, vahvistua, lujittua, lujittaa, yritys, vakaaFinnish
  • raffermirFrench
  • comhlacht, diongbháilteIrish
  • seasmhach, cunbhalachScottish Gaelic
  • colughtManx
  • fyrirtæki, firmaIcelandic
  • ferreoItalian
  • firmusLatin
  • stingrs, stingsLatvian
  • fastNorwegian
  • firmaPolish
  • firmaPortuguese
  • фирмаRussian
  • фирма, firma, tvrtka, тврткаSerbo-Croatian
  • fiamVolapük

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    restricted to a particular condition of life
    • A. emerge
    • B. acclaim
    • C. moan
    • D. obligate

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