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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Firm  \Firm\,  a.  [Compar.  {Firmer};  superl.  {Firmest}.]  [OE. 
  ferme,  F.  ferme,  fr.L.  firmus;  cf  Skr.  dharman  support,  law, 
  order  dh?  to  hold  fast  carry.  Cf  {Farm},  {Throne}.] 
  1.  Fixed;  hence  closely  compressed;  compact;  substantial; 
  hard;  solid;  --  applied  to  the  matter  of  bodies;  as  firm 
  flesh;  firm  muscles,  firm  wood. 
 
  2.  Not  easily  excited  or  disturbed;  unchanging  in  purpose; 
  fixed;  steady;  constant;  stable;  unshaken;  not  easily 
  changed  in  feelings  or  will  strong;  as  a  firm  believer; 
  a  firm  friend;  a  firm  adherent. 
 
  Under  spread  ensigns,  moving  nigh,  in  slow  But  firm 
  battalion.  --Milton. 
 
  By  one  man's  firm  obediency  fully  tried  --Milton. 
 
  3.  Solid;  --  opposed  to  fluid;  as  firm  land. 
 
  4.  Indicating  firmness;  as  a  firm  tread;  a  firm  countenance. 
 
  Syn:  Compact;  dense;  hard;  solid;  stanch;  robust;  strong; 
  sturdly;  fixed;  steady;  resolute;  constant. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Firm  \Firm\,  n.  [It.  firma  the  (firm,  sure  or  confirming) 
  signature  or  subscription,  or  Pg  firma  signature,  firm,  cf 
  Sp  firma  signature;  all  fr  L.  firmus,  adj.,  firm.  See 
  {Firm},  a.] 
  The  name  title,  or  style,  under  which  a  company  transacts 
  business;  a  partnership  of  two  or  more  persons;  a  commercial 
  house;  as  the  firm  of  Hope  &  Co 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Firm  \Firm\,  v.  t.  [OE.  fermen  to  make  firm,  F.  fermer,  fr  L. 
  firmare  to  make  firm.  See  {Firm},  a.] 
  1.  To  fix;  to  settle;  to  confirm;  to  establish.  [Obs.] 
 
  And  Jove  has  firmed  it  with  an  awful  nod.  --Dryden. 
 
  2.  To  fix  or  direct  with  firmness.  [Obs.] 
 
  He  on  his  card  and  compass  firms  his  eye.  --Spenser. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  firm 
  adj  1:  marked  by  firm  determination  or  resolution;  not  shakable; 
  "firm  convictions";  "a  firm  mouth";  "steadfast 
  resolve";  "a  man  of  unbendable  perseverence"; 
  "unwavering  loyalty"  [syn:  {steadfast},  {steady},  {unbendable}, 
  {unfaltering},  {unshakable},  {unwavering}] 
  2:  not  soft  or  yielding  to  pressure;  "a  firm  mattress";  "the 
  snow  was  firm  underfoot";  "solid  ground"  [syn:  {solid}] 
  3:  strong  and  sure  "a  firm  grasp";  "gave  a  strong  pull  on  the 
  rope"  [syn:  {strong}] 
  4:  not  subject  to  revision  or  change;  "a  firm  contract";  "a 
  firm  offer" 
  5:  (of  especially  a  person's  physical  features)  not  shaking  or 
  trembling;  "his  voice  was  firm  and  confident";  "a  firm 
  step" 
  6:  not  liable  to  fluctuate  or  especially  to  fall;  "stocks  are 
  still  firm"  [syn:  {steady},  {unfluctuating}] 
  7:  securely  established;  "an  established  reputation";  "holds  a 
  firm  position  as  the  country's  leading  poet"  [syn:  {established}] 
  8:  marked  by  the  tone  and  resiliency  of  healthy  tissue;  "firm 
  muscles" 
  9:  pleasingly  firm  and  fresh  and  making  a  crunching  noise  when 
  chewed;  "crisp  carrot  and  celery  sticks";  "a  firm  apple"; 
  "crunchy  lettuce"  [syn:  {crisp},  {crunchy}] 
  10:  securely  fixed  in  place  "the  post  was  still  firm  after 
  being  hit  by  the  car"  [syn:  {fast},  {immobile}] 
  11:  unwavering  in  devotion  to  friend  or  vow  or  cause  "a  firm 
  ally";  "loyal  supporters";  "a  loyal  friend";  "the 
  true-hearted  soldier...of  Tippecanoe"-  Campaign  song  for 
  William  Henry  Harrison  [syn:  {loyal},  {truehearted}] 
  n  :  members  of  a  business  organization;  "he  worked  for  a 
  brokerage  house"  [syn:  {house},  {business  firm}] 
  adv  :  with  resolute  determination;  "we  firmly  believed  it";  "you 
  must  stand  firm"  [syn:  {firmly},  {steadfastly},  {unwaveringly}] 
  v  1:  become  taut  or  tauter  [syn:  {tauten}] 
  2:  make  taut  or  tauter;  "tauten  a  rope"  [syn:  {tauten}] 




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