Hem

Definition of Hem

Pronunciation: hĕm
pron.1.Them
interj.1.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.
n.1.An utterance or sound of the voice, hem or hm, often indicative of hesitation or doubt, sometimes used to call attention.
v. i.1.To make the sound expressed by the word hem; hence, to hesitate in speaking.
n.1.The edge or border of a garment or cloth, doubled over and sewed, to strengthen it and prevent raveling.
2.Border; edge; margin.
3.A border made on sheet-metal ware by doubling over the edge of the sheet, to stiffen it and remove the sharp edge.
v. t.1.To form a hem or border to; to fold and sew down the edge of.
[imp. & p. p. Hemmed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Hemming.]
2.To border; to edge
All the skirt about
Was hemmed with golden fringe.
- Spenser.
To hem about
to inclose and confine; to surround; to environ.
To hem out
to shut out.
- Fairfax.

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