Firm a. [Compar. Firmer superl. Firmest.]
1. Fixed; hence, closely compressed; compact; substantial; hard; solid; -- applied to the matter of bodies; as, firm flesh; firm muscles, firm wood.
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.
Under spread ensigns, moving nigh, in slow
But firm battalion. --Milton.
By one man's firm obediency fully tried. --Milton.
3. Solid; -- opposed to fluid; as, firm land.
4. Indicating firmness; as, a firm tread; a firm countenance.
Syn: -- Compact; dense; hard; solid; stanch; robust; strong; sturdly; fixed; steady; resolute; constant.
Firm, n. The name, title, or style, under which a company transacts business; a partnership of two or more persons; a commercial house; as, the firm of Hope & Co.
Firm, v. t.
1. To fix; to settle; to confirm; to establish. [Obs.]
And Jove has firmed it with an awful nod. --Dryden.
2. To fix or direct with firmness. [Obs.]
He on his card and compass firms his eye. --Spenser.
adj 1: marked by firm determination or resolution; not shakable;
"firm convictions"; "a firm mouth"; "steadfast
resolve"; "a man of unbendable perseverence";
"unwavering loyalty" [syn: steadfast, steady, unbendable,
unfaltering, unshakable, unwavering]
2: not soft or yielding to pressure; "a firm mattress"; "the
snow was firm underfoot"; "solid ground" [syn: solid]
3: strong and sure; "a firm grasp"; "gave a strong pull on the
rope" [syn: strong]
4: not subject to revision or change; "a firm contract"; "a
5: (of especially a person's physical features) not shaking or
trembling; "his voice was firm and confident"; "a firm
6: not liable to fluctuate or especially to fall; "stocks are
still firm" [syn: steady, unfluctuating]
7: securely established; "an established reputation"; "holds a
firm position as the country's leading poet" [syn: established]
8: marked by the tone and resiliency of healthy tissue; "firm
9: pleasingly firm and fresh and making a crunching noise when
chewed; "crisp carrot and celery sticks"; "a firm apple";
"crunchy lettuce" [syn: crisp, crunchy]
10: securely fixed in place; "the post was still firm after
being hit by the car" [syn: fast, immobile]
11: unwavering in devotion to friend or vow or cause; "a firm
ally"; "loyal supporters"; "the true-hearted soldier...of
Tippecanoe"- Campaign song for William Henry Harrison;
"fast friends" [syn: loyal, truehearted, fast(a)]
n : members of a business organization that owns or operates one
or more establishments; "he worked for a brokerage house"
[syn: house, business firm]
adv : with resolute determination; "we firmly believed it"; "you
must stand firm" [syn: firmly, steadfastly, unwaveringly]
v 1: become taut or tauter; "Yur muscles will firm when you
exercise regularly"; "the rope tautened" [syn: tauten]
2: make taut or tauter; "tauten a rope" [syn: tauten]