- 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 firmed
There had been discussion of several varieties of trees before Kahn died, she explains, but nothing had been firmed up.Inside New York’s New Four Freedoms Park: A Private Tour
September 23, 2012
He called to appeal—yet another disappointment from journalist dad—I wavered, then firmed.‘Has Beverly Hills Fallen Yet?’
Shelby Coffey III
April 26, 2012
Fine soil should be worked around the roots and firmed with the feet.The Practical Garden-Book
C. E. Hunn
But Motauri's mouth had set, his boyish brows had coiled and firmed, and his glance was bright.Where the Pavement Ends
This licence was written vpon a borde whited, and firmed by the iustice, whose charge it is to giue the licence.The History of the Great and Mighty Kingdom of China, Volume II
Juan Gonzalez de Mendoza
As cultivation is continued the soil will become fined and firmed again by the time drier weather comes on.Apple Growing
M. C. Burritt
This handful can be replaced in the bed, packed down, and the soil covered over and firmed again at this point.Studies of American Fungi. Mushrooms, Edible, Poisonous, etc.
George Francis Atkinson
- 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 firmed
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.)).