Word definition: firm

Defiintion of firm:

[n] members of a business organization; "he worked for a brokerage house"
[adv] with resolute determination; "we firmly believed it"; "you must stand firm"
[adj] securely fixed in place; "the post was still firm after being hit by the car"
[adj] strong and sure; "a firm grasp"; "gave a strong pull on the rope"
[adj] 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"
[adj] pleasingly firm and fresh and making a crunching noise when chewed; "crisp carrot and celery sticks"; "a firm apple"; "crunchy lettuce"
[adj] not soft or yielding to pressure; "a firm mattress"; "the snow was firm underfoot"; "solid ground"
[adj] marked by the tone and resiliency of healthy tissue; "firm muscles"
[adj] marked by firm determination or resolution; not shakable; "firm convictions"; "a firm mouth"; "steadfast resolve"; "a man of unbendable perseverence"; "unwavering loyalty"
[adj] securely established; "an established reputation"; "holds a firm position as the country's leading poet"
[adj] not subject to revision or change; "a firm contract"; "a firm offer"
[adj] not liable to fluctuate or especially to fall; "stocks are still firm"
[adj] (of especially a person's physical features) not shaking or trembling; "his voice was firm and confident"; "a firm step"
[v] make taut or tauter; "tauten a rope"
[v] become taut or tauter

Synonyms of firm:

business firm, crisp, crunchy, established, faithful, fast, fast(a), firmly, fixed, forceful, fresh, hard, healthy, house, immobile, loyal, resolute, secure, settled, solid, stable, steadfast, steadfastly, steady, strong, tauten, truehearted, unbendable, unfaltering, unfluctuating, unshakable, unwavering, unwaveringly

Antonyms of firm:


See Also:

accounting firm, auction house, business, business concern, business organisation, business organization, concern, consulting company, consulting firm, dealer, fasten, law firm, publisher, publishing company, publishing firm, publishing house, tighten

Webster Dictionary (1913) for 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.

\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.
\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.