adjective, firm·er, firm·est.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
adverb, firm·er, firm·est.
- firing party,
- firing pin,
- firing range,
- firing squad,
- firmer chisel,
- firmer gouge
Origin of firm1
Examples from the Web for firmness
But Obama sought to project a sense of firmness and resolve, again vowing to bring the perpetrators to justice.
“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 in Washington, the speaker and the House majority were singular in their firmness.
The need to manage these tradeoffs suggests, therefore, a U.S. policy of firmness and patience.
De Graff now became remarkable for his firmness and justice.The Monarchs of the Main, Volume III (of 3)|Walter Thornbury
Latimer's sermons, Barnes's ardour, and Fryth's firmness, excited fresh zeal at Cambridge.History of the Reformation in the Sixteenth Century, Volume V|J. H. Merle d'Aubigné
Now he congratulated himself on his goodness in making a certain vow and his firmness in keeping it.It Is Never Too Late to Mend|Charles Reade
Nothing p. 43could have been better than the firmness, judgment, and temper and talent he has shown.The Real Gladstone|J. Ewing Ritchie
I had considerably shaken the authority of this man (though I had no authority myself,) merely by my firmness and resolution.Life and Correspondence of David Hume, Volume I (of 2)|John Hill Burton
Word Origin for firm
- a gang of criminals
- a gang of football hooligans
Word Origin for firm
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.)).