Hem pron. Them [Obs.]
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. --Shak.
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.”
Hem, v. i. To make the sound expressed by the word hem; hence, to hesitate in speaking. “Hem, and stroke thy beard.”
1. The edge or border of a garment or cloth, doubled over and sewed, to strengthen it and prevent raveling.
2. Border; edge; margin. “Hem of the sea.”
3. A border made on sheet-metal ware by doubling over the edge of the sheet, to stiffen it and remove the sharp edge.
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.
2. To border; to edge
All the skirt about
Was hemmed with golden fringe. --Spenser.
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.
n : lap that forms a cloth border doubled back and stitched down
v 1: fold over and sew together to provide with a hem; "hem my
2: utter `hem' or `ahem'
[also: hemming, hemmed]
of a garment, the fringe of a garment. The Jews attached much
importance to these, because of the regulations in Num. 15:38,
39. These borders or fringes were in process of time enlarged so
as to attract special notice (Matt. 23:5). The hem of Christ's
garment touched (9:20; 14:36; Luke 8:44).