[ em ]
/ ɛm /
noun, plural ems.
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Question 1 of 10
What does “barren” mean?
Origin of em
First recorded in 1860–65
Definition for em (2 of 7)
[ uhm ]
/ əm /
them: Put 'em down there.
Origin of 'em
First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English hem, Old English heom, dative and accusative plural of he1
Definition for em (3 of 7)
Symbol, Physical Chemistry.
Definition for em (4 of 7)
Definition for em (5 of 7)
variant of en-1 before b, p, and sometimes m:embalm.
Definition for em (6 of 7)
variant of en-2 before b, m, p, ph:embolism, emphasis.
Definition for em (7 of 7)
Engineer of Mines.
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British Dictionary definitions for em (1 of 3)
/ (ɛm) /
Also called: mutton, mut the square of a body of any size of type, used as a unit of measurement
Also called: pica em, pica a unit of measurement used in printing, equal to one sixth of an inch
Word Origin for em
C19: from the name of the letter M
British Dictionary definitions for em (2 of 3)
/ (əm) /
an informal variant of them
British Dictionary definitions for em (3 of 3)
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Medical definitions for em (1 of 2)
Medical definitions for em (2 of 2)
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