Hem (?), pron. [OE., fr. AS. him, heom, dative pl. of. h he. See He, They.]

Them

[Obs.]

Chaucer.

 

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Hem, interj.

An onomatopoetic word used as an expression of hesitation, doubt, etc. It is often a sort of voluntary half cough, loud or subdued, and would perhaps be better expressed by hm.

Cough or cry hem, if anybody come.
Shak.

 

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Hem, n.

An utterance or sound of the voice, hem or hm, often indicative of hesitation or doubt, sometimes used to call attention.

"His morning hems."

Spectator.

 

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Hem, v. i. [. See Hem, interj.]

To make the sound expressed by the word hem; hence, to hesitate in speaking.

"Hem, and stroke thy beard."

Shak.

 

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Hem, n. [AS. hem, border, margin; cf. Fries. hamel, Prov. G. hammel hem of mire or dirt.]

1.

The edge or border of a garment or cloth, doubled over and sewed, to strengthen raveling.

2.

Border; edge; margin.

"Hem of the sea."

Shak.

3.

A border made on sheet-metal ware by doubling over the edge of the sheet, to stiffen it and remove the sharp edge.

 

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Hem, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hemmed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Hemming.]

1.

To form a hem or border to; to fold and sew down the edge of.

Wordsworth.

2.

To border; to edge

All the skirt about
Was hemmed with golden fringe.
Spenser.

To hem about, around, ∨ in, to inclose and confine; to surround; to environ. "With valiant squadrons round about to hem." Fairfax. "Hemmed in to be a spoil to tyranny." Daniel. -- To hem out, to shut out. "You can not hem me out of London." J. Webster.

 

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