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On the farm, the feed for chicks is significantly different from the roosters’; ______ not even comparable.

Origin of firm

First recorded in 1300–50; from Latin firmus; replacing Middle English ferm(e), from Middle French ferm(e), from Latin
1. Firm, hard, solid, stiff are applied to substances that tend to retain their form unaltered in spite of pressure or force. Firm often implies that something has been brought from a yielding state to a fixed or elastic one: An increased amount of pectin makes jellies firm. Hard is applied to substances so resistant that it is difficult to make any impression upon their surface or to penetrate their interior: as hard as a stone. Solid is applied to substances that without external support retain their form and resist pressure: Water in the form of ice is solid. It sometimes denotes the opposite of hollow: a solid block of marble. Stiff implies rigidity that resists a bending force: as stiff as a poker.
firmly, adverbfirmness, noun

Definition for firm (2 of 2)

[ furm ]
/ fɜrm /


a partnership or association for carrying on a business.
the name or title under which associated parties transact business: the firm of Smith & Jones.

Origin of firm

1565–75; <Spanish firma signature (hence, legal name of a partnership, etc.), noun derivative firmar to sign <Latin firmāre to strengthen, confirm, derivative of firmusfirm1
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British Dictionary definitions for firm (1 of 2)

/ (fɜːm) /



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
firmly, adverbfirmness, noun
C14: from Latin firmus

British Dictionary definitions for firm (2 of 2)

/ (fɜːm) /


a business partnership
any commercial enterprise
a team of doctors and their assistants
British slang
  1. a gang of criminals
  2. a gang of football hooligans
C16 (in the sense: signature): from Spanish firma signature, title of a partnership or business concern, from firmar to sign, from Latin firmāre to confirm, from firmus firm
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