The Collaborative International Dictionary
Hem \Hem\, v. i. [[root]15. See Hem, interj.]
To make the sound expressed by the word hem; hence, to
hesitate in speaking. ``Hem, and stroke thy beard.''
Hem \Hem\, n. [AS. hem, border, margin; cf. Fries. h["a]mel, Prov. G. hammel hem of mire or dirt.]
The edge or border of a garment or cloth, doubled over and sewed, to strengthen it and prevent raveling.
Border; edge; margin. ``Hem of the sea.''
A border made on sheet-metal ware by doubling over the edge of the sheet, to stiffen it and remove the sharp edge.
Hem \Hem\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hemmed; p. pr. & vb. n. Hemming.]
To form a hem or border to; to fold and sew down the edge of.
To border; to edge
All the skirt about Was hemmed with golden fringe.
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.''
To hem out, to shut out. ``You can not hem me out of London.''
Hem \Hem\ (h[e^]m), pron. [OE., fr. AS. him, heom, dative pl.
of. h[=e] he. See He, They.]
Hem \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.
Hem \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.''
A hem in sewing is a garment finishing method, where the edge of a piece of cloth is folded narrowly and sewn to prevent unravelling of the fabric.
A hem is a sown edge of cloth.
Hem may also refer to:
Hem is a musical group from Brooklyn, New York. Band members include Sally Ellyson ( vocals), Dan Messé ( piano, accordion, glockenspiel), Gary Maurer ( guitar, mandolin), Steve Curtis (guitar, mandolin, banjo, back-up vocals), George Rush ( bass guitar), Mark Brotter ( drums), Bob Hoffnar ( pedal steel guitar), and Heather Zimmerman ( violin). The group sometimes expands to include other musicians and orchestral accompaniments.
Their music has been variously described as "folk", "indie", "Americana" and "roots". Stylistically, their songs bridge 19th-century American parlour music, Appalachian folk music, gospel music, traditional American ballads, the European art song, early jazz and even contemporary classical music.
A hem in knitting is the edge of a piece of knitted fabric that is parallel to the rows of stitches, as compared to a selvage, which is perpendicular to the hem and rows of stitches. Hems can be made in several ways.
The simplest approach is to bind off, possibly with decorative elements such as picots. This approach adds no extra thickness at the hemline (which is sometimes desirable).
Another approach amounts to a tuck: the fabric is folded over and the stitches are knit together pairwise with the stitches of a previous row. In this approach, the fabric is doubled along the hemline.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
Old English hem "a border," especially of cloth or a garment, from Proto-Germanic *hamjam (cognates: Old Norse hemja "to bridle, curb," Swedish hämma "to stop, restrain," Old Frisian hemma "to hinder," Middle Dutch, German hemmen "to hem in, stop, hinder"), from PIE *kem- "to compress." Apparently the same root yielded Old English hamm, common in place names (where it means "enclosure, land hemmed in by water or high ground, land in a river bend"). In Middle English, hem also was a symbol of pride or ostentation.\n\nIf þei wer þe first þat schuld puplysch þese grete myracles of her mayster, men myth sey of hem, as Crist ded of þe Pharisees, þat þei magnified her owne hemmys. [John Capgrave, "Life of Saint Gilbert of Sempringham," 1451] \n
late 15c., probably imitative of the sound of clearing the throat. Hem and haw first recorded 1786, from haw "hesitation" (1630s; see haw (v.)); hem and hawk attested from 1570s.
late 14c., "to provide (something) with a border or fringe" (surname Hemmer attested from c.1300), from hem (n.). Related: Hemmed; hemming. The phrase hem in "shut in, confine," first recorded 1530s.
Etymology 1 interj. Used to fill in the gap of a pause with a vocalized sound. n. An utterance or sound of the voice like "hem", often indicative of hesitation or doubt, sometimes used to call attention. vb. To make the sound expressed by the word ''hem''; to hesitate in speaking. Etymology 2
n. 1 (context sewing English) The border of an article of clothing doubled back and stitched together to finish the edge and prevent it from fraying. 2 A rim or margin of something. 3 In sheet metal design, a rim or edge folded back on itself to create a smooth edge and to increase strength or rigidity. vb. 1 (context intransitive English) (qualifier: in sewing) To make a hem. 2 (context transitive English): To put hem on an article of clothing, to edge or put a border on something. 3 (context transitive English): To surround something or someone in a confine way. Etymology 3
pron. (obsolete form of 'em English)
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Usage examples of "hem".
I liked the way the hem of her dress flapped over her legs, the dust coming aburst like a big gray flower all around her.
Many of the people afoot had worn and ragged coats, breeches out at the knee, dresses with tattered hems, and threadbare cloaks or none at all.
Islanded, isolated and hemmed in for centuries by the Master of the Straits, the armies of the kingdom of Alba had never constituted a true threat to our borders.
Hem told tHem that the Hulls were at Imrath, near the Aldern, and that there were five of tHem.
Ripping off his cloak, Alec gathered the hem of it in one hand and tossed the other end at the upthrust corner, hoping to catch it with the hood.
Zoo klaagde zij voort met lossamenhangende zinnen, in haar nervoziteit geprikkeld door een avond eenzaam gemijmer in een overwarme kamer, steeds terugkomende op haar doelloos leven, dat zij voortsleepte als een vervelenden last, en er klonk iets in hare stem als verweet zij dit alles aan hem, aan Henk, aan haar zwager.
Zij vond er een verfijnd genot, vol wreedheid, in, hem dan uit te lokken tot gezegden, die zij, met een weinig valsch vernuft, als zeer weinig complimenteus wist te doen voorkomen, om ze hem daarna, met een tintelende ondeugendheid, voor de voeten te werpen.
In the late hours of the following morning, Christina was mending the hem on one of her skirts when Amine came into the tent very slowly.
The black armazine gown, equipped with long, tight sleeves that would have been considered screamingly out of mode at Court, was bordered at the collar, cuffs, and hem with wide bands of black ducape stitched with winged crescents in silver.
Omdat Anne Supaari zo graag mocht, stelde ze voor hem als tweede auteur bij elk artikel te vermelden.
The hem of her bandeau had been shoved up, nearly baring one braless breast.
Otuel, Roland, and Olyvere, And of the twelve dussypere, That dieden in the batayle of Runcyvale: Jesu lord, heaven king, To his bliss hem and us both bring, To liven withouten bale!
Zij naderde hem, als een weemoedig beeld van medelijden, zij zette zich naast hem en poogde zijn handen van zijn gelaat weg te nemen.
So sat she awhile looking on golden Krothering, while her horse grazed quietly, and Heming at her elbow held his peace, only beholding her.
Walrus ons door afbeeldingen en beschrijvingen bekend, die hem echter niet in zijn ware gedaante voorstellen, en ook van zijn levenswijze een onjuist denkbeeld geven.