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Definition of hem:

  1. A border made on sheet- metal ware by doubling over the edge of the sheet, to stiffen it and remove the sharp edge.
  2. 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.
  3. An utterance or sound of the voice, hem or hm, often indicative of hesitation or doubt, sometimes used to call attention.
  4. Border; edge; margin.
  5. The edge or border of a garment or cloth, doubled over and sewed, to strengthen raveling.
  6. Them
  7. To border; to edge
  8. To form a hem or border to; to fold and sew down the edge of.
  9. To make the sound expressed by the word hem; hence, to hesitate in speaking.


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