Firmer
Firm Firm, a. [Compar. {Firmer}; superl. {Firmest}.] [OE. ferme, F. ferme, fr.L. firmus; cf. Skr. dharman support, law, order, dh? to hold fast, carry. Cf. {Farm}, {Throne}.] 1. Fixed; hence, closely compressed; compact; substantial; hard; solid; -- applied to the matter of bodies; as, firm flesh; firm muscles, firm wood. [1913 Webster]

2. 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. [1913 Webster]

Under spread ensigns, moving nigh, in slow But firm battalion. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

By one man's firm obediency fully tried. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. Solid; -- opposed to fluid; as, firm land. [1913 Webster]

4. Indicating firmness; as, a firm tread; a firm countenance.

Syn: Compact; dense; hard; solid; stanch; robust; strong; sturdly; fixed; steady; resolute; constant. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • firmer — [fʉr′mər] adj. 〚Fr fermoir, altered < formoir < former, to FORM〛 designating a carpenter s chisel or gouge with a thin blade fixed in a handle n. a firmer chisel or gouge * * * …   Universalium

  • firmer — [fʉr′mər] adj. [Fr fermoir, altered < formoir < former, to FORM] designating a carpenter s chisel or gouge with a thin blade fixed in a handle n. a firmer chisel or gouge …   English World dictionary

  • firmer — fÉœrm /fɜːm n. company, commercial business, corporation v. solidify; become solid; stabilize; (about prices) become stable adj. strong, solid; stable; hard; fixed, immovable; determined, set; assertive adv. sturdily, steadily; firmly;… …   English contemporary dictionary

  • firmer — fir·mer …   English syllables

  • firmer — comparative of firm …   Useful english dictionary

  • Firmer-chisel — Firm er chis el, n. A chisel, thin in proportion to its width. It has a tang to enter the handle instead of a socket for receiving it. Knight. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • firmer gouge — “ noun Etymology: firmer (chisel) : a woodworking gouge similar in length and thickness to the firmer chisel * * * Carpentry. a narrow bladed gouge similar in manner of use to a firmer chisel. [1885 90] …   Useful english dictionary

  • firmer chisel — noun a chisel with a thin blade for woodworking • Hypernyms: ↑chisel * * * ˈfərmər noun Etymology: modification of French fermoir, alteration of Middle French formoir chisel, from former to form more at form : a woodworker s hand chisel having a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • firmer chisel — /ferr meuhr/, Carpentry. a narrow bladed chisel for paring and mortising, driven by hand pressure or with a mallet. [1680 90; firmer < F fermoir, b. formoir that which forms (deriv. of former to FORM < L formare) and fermer to make firm ( < L… …   Universalium

  • firmer gouge — Carpentry. a narrow bladed gouge similar in manner of use to a firmer chisel. [1885 90] * * * …   Universalium

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