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firm   WordNet 2.0

- members of a business organization that owns or operates one or more establishments
"he worked for a brokerage house"

 
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- make taut or tauter
"tauten a rope"

 
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- become taut or tauter
"Yur muscles will firm when you exercise regularly"
"the rope tautened"

 
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- strong and sure
"a firm grasp"
"gave a strong pull on the rope"

 
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- unwavering in devotion to friend or vow or cause
"a firm ally"
"loyal supporters"
"the true-hearted soldier...of Tippecanoe"- Campaign song for William Henry Harrison
"fast friends"

 
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- securely fixed in place
"the post was still firm after being hit by the car"

 
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- pleasingly firm and fresh and making a crunching noise when chewed
"crisp carrot and celery sticks"
"a firm apple"
"crunchy lettuce"

 
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- not soft or yielding to pressure
"a firm mattress"
"the snow was firm underfoot"
"solid ground"

 
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- marked by the tone and resiliency of healthy tissue
"firm muscles"

 
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- marked by firm determination or resolution

- not shakable
"firm convictions"
"a firm mouth"
"steadfast resolve"
"a man of unbendable perseverence"
"unwavering loyalty"

 
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- securely established
"an established reputation"
"holds a firm position as the country''s leading poet"

 
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- not subject to revision or change
"a firm contract"
"a firm offer"

 
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- not liable to fluctuate or especially to fall
"stocks are still firm"

 
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- (of especially a person''s physical features) not shaking or trembling
"his voice was firm and confident"
"a firm step"

 
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- with resolute determination
"we firmly believed it"
"you must stand firm"

 
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Firm   Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

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.

 
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1. 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.

 
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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.

 
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