Noun: hem hem
Verb: hem (hemmed,hemming) hem
- The edge of a piece of cloth; especially the finished edge that has been doubled under and stitched down
"the hem of her dress was stained"; "let down the hem"; "he stitched weights into the curtain's hem"; "it seeped along the hem of his jacket"
- The utterance of a sound similar to clearing the throat; intended to get attention, express hesitancy, fill a pause, hide embarrassment, warn a friend, etc.
Interjection: hem hem
- Fold over and sew together to provide with a hem
"hem my skirt"
- Utter 'hem' or 'ahem'
Combining form: hem-
- Gentle utterance used to call someone's attention
- ahem, hmm, h'm
Usage: N. Amer (elsewhere: haem-)
- hemo- [N. Amer], haemo- [Brit, Cdn], haem- [Brit, Cdn], haemato- [Brit, Cdn], hemato- [N. Amer]
Derived forms: hemmed, hemming, hems
Type of: edge, emit, let loose, let out, run up, sew, sew together, stitch, stitch up, utter, utterance, vocalization
Part of: cloth, fabric, material, textile
Encyclopedia: Hem, Netherlands Hem Hem, Norway Hem, Nord