AskDefine | Define firm

Dictionary Definition

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"; "the true-hearted soldier...of Tippecanoe"- Campaign song for William Henry Harrison; "fast friends" [syn: loyal, truehearted, fast(a)] n : members of a business organization that owns or operates one or more establishments; "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]

Verb

1 become taut or tauter; "Yur muscles will firm when you exercise regularly"; "the rope tautened" [syn: tauten]
2 make taut or tauter; "tauten a rope" [syn: tauten]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

From and firma, the title or signature of a company.

Noun

  1. A business partnership, the name under which it trades.
  2. In economics, a collection of individuals grouped together for economic gain.
  3. A criminal gang
Translations
business or company

Etymology 2

ferme < ferme < firmus = (strong, steady)

Adjective

en-adj er
  1. steadfast, secure, hard (in position)
  2. fixed (in opinion)
  3. solid, rigid (material state)
Translations
steadfast, secure (position)
fixed (in opinions)
solid, rigid (material state)

Verb

  1. Make firm or strong; fix securely.
  2. Make compact or resistant to pressure; solidify.
  3. Become firm; stabilise.
  4. Improve after decline.
  5. Aust. To shorten (of betting odds).

Extensive Definition

Firm or The Firm can have several meanings:

Organizations

Music and popular culture

See also

firm in German: The Firm
firm in French: The Firm
firm in Dutch: The Firm
firm in Polish: The Firm
firm in Russian: Фирма

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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