[ em ]
/ ɛm /
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noun, plural ems.
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Question 1 of 7
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Origin of em
First recorded in 1860–65
Other definitions 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
Other definitions for em (3 of 7)
Symbol, Physical Chemistry.
Other definitions for em (4 of 7)
electron microscope; electron microscopy.
Engineer of Mines.
enlisted man; enlisted men.
Other definitions for em (5 of 7)
variant of en-1 before b, p, and sometimes m:embalm.
Other definitions for em (6 of 7)
variant of en-2 before b, m, p, ph:embolism, emphasis.
Other definitions for em (7 of 7)
Engineer of Mines.
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How to use em in a sentence
The Stracheys were part of the Bloomsbury Group, frequented by the Woolfs, T. S. Eliot and E. M. Forster.Book Bag: André Aciman’s Favorite Novellas of Unconsummated Loves|André Aciman|January 1, 2013|DAILY BEAST
“It should be obvious from the first line that this is a novel inspired by E. M. Forster,” she writes.Ann Patchett’s 'State of Wonder' and Other Twists on Classic Novels|Caryn James|December 7, 2011|DAILY BEAST
This organ has lately been entirely rebuilt with new action and vastly improved by Mr. E. M. Skinner.The Recent Revolution in Organ Building|George Laing Miller
The board paid a lawyer to compile the State laws for women under the direction of E. M. Grossman.
If your head is all stuffed up to-night, or you feel a cold coming on, use V-E-M just before going to bed.
If you suffer with chronic or acute catarrh, use V-E-M regularly night and morning.
Mr. E. M. Morse wrote me a fictitious one, claiming to be written from the north pole ten years hence.Village Life in America 1852-1872|Caroline Cowles Richards
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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