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.
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.
- firm·ly, adverb
- firm·ness, noun
Other definitions for firm (2 of 2)
a partnership or association for carrying on a business.
the name or title under which associated parties transact business: the firm of Smith & Jones.
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How to use firm in a sentence
Experimentation eventually led to the right taste and amount of frozen firmness.
But Obama sought to project a sense of firmness and resolve, again vowing to bring the perpetrators to justice.
In 2007, Sarkozy took a lot of votes from the National Front by promising just a certain firmness on the subject.
“The government shows its firmness against radical Islam,” headlined the left-leaning daily Le Monde last night.
It broke out in part because of a lack of vigilance and firmness in Washington.
But beneath this smooth and gentle exterior resided great firmness.Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland | Joseph Tatlow
The imperial army had to be disbanded—a most unpopular and thankless task, requiring both tact and firmness.Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
"I am the young person from Forder's, in Piccadilly," Jessie said, with a firmness that surprised herself.The Weight of the Crown | Fred M. White
The impression which, throughout these transactions, the firmness and good faith of William made on Tallard is remarkable.The History of England from the Accession of James II. | Thomas Babington Macaulay
Their firmness explained, perhaps, why she was executive head of a school instead of merely a teacher.Mystery Ranch | Arthur Chapman
British Dictionary definitions for firm (1 of 2)
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 manner: he 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
- firmly, adverb
- firmness, noun
British Dictionary definitions for firm (2 of 2)
a business partnership
any commercial enterprise
a team of doctors and their assistants
a gang of criminals
a gang of football hooligans
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