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Meaning of HEM

Pronunciation:  hem

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  lap that forms a cloth border doubled back and stitched down
  2. [v]  utter"hem" or"ahem"
  3. [v]  fold over and sew together to provide with a hem; "hem my skirt"
 

HEM is a 3 letter word that starts with H.

 

 See Also: cloth, emit, fabric, lap, let loose, let out, material, overlap, run up, sew, sew together, stitch, textile, utter

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Hem\, pron. [OE., fr. AS. him, heom, dative pl. of. h? he.
    See {He}, {They}.]
    Them [Obs.] --Chaucer.
    
    
  2. \Hem\, interj.
    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.
    
          Cough or cry hem, if anybody come.       --Shak.
    
    
  3. \Hem\, n.
    An utterance or sound of the voice, hem or hm, often
    indicative of hesitation or doubt, sometimes used to call
    attention. ``His morning hems.'' --Spectator.
    
    
  4. \Hem\, v. i. [???. See {Hem}, interj.]
    To make the sound expressed by the word hem; hence, to
    hesitate in speaking. ``Hem, and stroke thy beard.'' --Shak.
    
    
  5. \Hem\, n. [AS. hem, border, margin; cf. Fries. h["a]mel,
    Prov. G. hammel hem of mire or dirt.]
    1. The edge or border of a garment or cloth, doubled over and
       sewed, to strengthen raveling.
    
    2. Border; edge; margin. ``Hem of the sea.'' --Shak.
    
    3. A border made on sheet-metal ware by doubling over the
       edge of the sheet, to stiffen it and remove the sharp
       edge.
    
    
  6. \Hem\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Hemmed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Hemming}.]
    1. To form a hem or border to; to fold and sew down the edge
       of. --Wordsworth.
    
    2. To border; to edge
    
             All the skirt about Was hemmed with golden fringe.
                                                   --Spenser.
    
    {To hem about}, {around}, or {in}, to inclose and confine; to
       surround; to environ. ``With valiant squadrons round about
       to hem.'' --Fairfax. ``Hemmed in to be a spoil to
       tyranny.'' --Daniel.
    
    {To hem out}, to shut out. ``You can not hem me out of
       London.'' --J. Webster.
    
    
 
Dream Dictionary
 
 Definition: Dreaming that you are sewing a hem, represents your indecisiveness. Alternatively, it suggests that you are tying up the loose ends of a project.
 
Easton Bible Dictionary
 
 Definition: 

of a garment, the fringe of a garment. The Jews attached much importance to these, because of the regulations in Num. 15:38, 39. These borders or fringes were in process of time enlarged so as to attract special notice (Matt. 23:5). The hem of Christ's garment touched (9:20; 14:36; Luke 8:44).

 
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