- not soft or yielding when pressed; comparatively solid, hard, stiff, or rigid: firm ground; firm texture.
- securely fixed in place.
- not shaking or trembling; steady: a firm voice.
- not likely to change; fixed; settled; unalterable: a firm belief.
- steadfast or unwavering, as persons or principles: firm friends.
- indicating firmness or determination: a firm expression.
- not fluctuating much or falling, as prices, values, etc.: The stock market was firm today.
- to make firm; tighten or strengthen (sometimes followed by up): to firm up one's hold on something.
- to steady or fix (sometimes followed by up): to firm up prices.
- to become firm or fixed (sometimes followed by up): Butter firms by churning.
- (of prices, markets, etc.) to recover; become stronger, as after a decline (sometimes followed by up): Stock prices firmed again today.
- firmly: He stood firm.
Origin of firm1
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Examples from the Web for firmer
The collection initiative was suspended, while the government looked for ways to place it on a firmer legal foundation.How Obama Embraced NSA Spying
June 7, 2013
And our global leadership is on firmer footing than many predicted.Hillary's Farewell Speech: Read the Transcript
The Daily Beast
February 1, 2013
I continue to believe that whenever we can codify something through legislation, it is on firmer ground.Obama's Dodge on Executive Power
January 27, 2013
The result was a firmer texture that somehow kept its shape, rather than liquefying.Home Ec at Harvard
December 6, 2010
That is why it proposes holding off even modest restraint measures until the economy is on firmer ground.Fiscal Death Spiral
February 1, 2010
I should have been firmer, and asked him to give it up before I married him.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
I am firmer and more myself, just now, than I have been these many days.'The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby
I trust they will be firmer in the field than I am in the saddle.'Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
Hilary took a firmer grip on his automatic, nodded once to Grim.Slaves of Mercury
Nothing could be firmer than the tone of this letter, in spite of its pensive gentleness.Henry Dunbar
M. E. Braddon
- not soft or yielding to a touch or pressure; rigid; solid
- securely in position; stable or stationary
- definitely established; decided; settled
- enduring or steady; constant
- having determination or strength; resolute
- (of prices, markets, etc) tending to rise
- in a secure, stable, or unyielding mannerhe stood firm over his obligation to pay
- (sometimes foll by up) to make or become firm
- (intr) Australian horse racing (of a horse) to shorten in odds
- a business partnership
- any commercial enterprise
- a team of doctors and their assistants
- British slang
- a gang of criminals
- a gang of football hooligans
Word Origin and History for firmer
c.1300, fermen "make firm, establish," from Old French fermer (12c.) or directly from Latin firmare, from firmus (see firm (adj.)). Related: Firmed; firming.
late 14c., from Old French ferm (12c.) "firm, strong, vigorous, steadfast; loyal, faithful," from Latin firmus "firm, strong, steadfast, enduring, stable," from PIE root *dher- "to hold, support" (cf. Sanskrit dharmah "custom, law," Greek thronos "seat," Lithuanian dirzmas "strong," Welsh dir "hard," Breton dir "steel"). The return in late 1500s to -i- from Middle English ferme was modeled on Latin. Related: Firmly; firmness.
"business house," 1744, from German Firma "a business, name of a business," originally "signature," from Italian firma "signature," from firmare "to sign," from Latin firmare "make firm, affirm," in Late Latin, "confirm (by signature)," from firmus "firm, stable" (see firm (adj.)).