Associations to the word «Hem»


HEM, interjection. Used to fill in the gap of a pause with a vocalized sound.
HEM, noun. An utterance or sound of the voice like "hem", often indicative of hesitation or doubt, sometimes used to call attention.
HEM, verb. To make the sound expressed by the word hem; to hesitate in speaking.
HEM, noun. (sewing) The border of an article of clothing doubled back and stitched together to finish the edge and prevent it from fraying.
HEM, noun. A rim or margin of something.
HEM, noun. In sheet metal design, a rim or edge folded back on itself to create a smooth edge and to increase strength or rigidity.
HEM, verb. (intransitive) (in sewing) To make a hem.
HEM, verb. (transitive): To put hem on an article of clothing, to edge or put a border on something.
HEM, verb. (transitive): To surround something or someone in a confining way.
HEM, pronoun. Obsolete form of 'em.
HEM AND HAW, verb. (idiomatic) (US) To discuss, deliberate, or contemplate rather than taking action or making up one's mind.
HEM AND HAW, verb. To mumble and procrastinate in one's speech, especially with a reply to a hard question or with voicing a decision on a topical matter; to evade a question, giving vague answers; to equivocate or temporize.
HEM IN, verb. To surround and enclose

Dictionary definition

HEM, noun. The edge of a piece of cloth; especially the finished edge that has been doubled under and stitched down; "the hem of her dress was stained"; "let down the hem"; "he stitched weights into the curtain's hem"; "it seeped along the hem of his jacket".
HEM, noun. The utterance of a sound similar to clearing the throat; intended to get attention, express hesitancy, fill a pause, hide embarrassment, warn a friend, etc..
HEM, verb. Fold over and sew together to provide with a hem; "hem my skirt".
HEM, verb. Utter `hem' or `ahem'.

Wise words

To use the same words is not a sufficient guarantee of understanding; one must use the same words for the same genus of inward experience; ultimately one must have one's experiences in common.
Friedrich Nietzsche