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
However, this leaves open the calculations of height and speed—which have suddenly become firmer.
The collection initiative was suspended, while the government looked for ways to place it on a firmer legal foundation.
And our global leadership is on firmer footing than many predicted.
I continue to believe that whenever we can codify something through legislation, it is on firmer ground.
U.N. action on the Palestinians will likely render that hold even firmer.
But having chosen the Champs aux Capuchins, it was idle to expect that one stretch of turf would prove firmer than another.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
This will make the tobacco look much better and also render the process of packing firmer.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
The floor of this piano rests on a somewhat firmer stratum, in which is still another level of galleries, , ten feet lower down.The Catacombs of Rome | William Henry Withrow
But when we come down to the lower levels of the domain of the spiritual we find ourselves on firmer ground.Man And His Ancestor | Charles Morris
He believed that he had gained a firmer footing among the girl's thoughts and emotions than had been gained by Thurstane.Overland | John William De Forest
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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