Hem 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. [1913 Webster]

2. To border; to edge [1913 Webster]

All the skirt about Was hemmed with golden fringe. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

{To hem about}, {To hem around}, or {To hem 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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • hemmed — hemmed; un·hemmed; …   English syllables

  • hemmed — hem n. folded and stitched down edge of cloth; edge of a garment v. fold and sew down the edge of a piece of cloth; surround, enclose; hesitate, falter in speaking interj. sound made in the throat (to attract attention, express doubt, etc.) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • hemmed — past of hem …   Useful english dictionary

  • Hemmed-In-Hollow Falls — Infobox Waterfall name = Hemmed In Hollow Falls caption = Hemmed In Hollow Falls from the base, June. location = Buffalo National River, Arkansas, US type = Single Drop height = 209 feet/63.7 meters number drops = 1Hemmed In Hollow Falls is a… …   Wikipedia

  • hemmed in — adj. hemmed in on all sides * * * hemmed in on all sides …   Combinatory dictionary

  • hemmed, hemming — verb 1 (T) to turn under the edge of a piece of material or clothing and stitch it in place 2 hem and haw AmE to keep pausing before saying something, and avoid saying it directly hem sb in phrasal verb (transitive usually passive) 1 to surround… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • hemmed in — Synonyms and related words: barred, beleaguered, beset, besieged, blockaded, bound, boxed in, cabined, caged, circumscribed, cloistered, closed in, confined, cooped, cordoned, cordoned off, corralled, cramped, cribbed, enclosed, fenced, hedged,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • well-hemmed — adj. * * * …   Universalium

  • well-hemmed — adj …   Useful english dictionary

  • hem — I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English; akin to Middle High German hemmen to hem in, Armenian kamel to press Date: before 12th century 1. a border of a cloth article doubled back and stitched down 2. rim, margin < bright green hem of …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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