adjective, firmer, firmest.
not soft or yielding when pressed; comparatively solid, hard, stiff, or rigid:
firm ground; firm texture.
securely fixed in place.
not shaking or trembling; steady:
a firm voice.
not likely to change; fixed; settled; unalterable:
a firm belief.
steadfast or unwavering, as persons or principles:
indicating firmness or determination:
a firm expression.
not fluctuating much or falling, as prices, values, etc.:
The stock market was firm today.
verb (used with object)
to make firm; tighten or strengthen (sometimes followed by up):
to firm up one’s hold on something.
to steady or fix (sometimes followed by up):
to firm up prices.
verb (used without object)
to become firm or fixed (sometimes followed by up):
Butter firms by churning.
(of prices, markets, etc.) to recover; become stronger, as after a decline (sometimes followed by up):
Stock prices firmed again today.
adverb, firmer, firmest.
He stood firm.
not soft or yielding to a touch or pressure; rigid; solid
securely in position; stable or stationary
definitely established; decided; settled
enduring or steady; constant
having determination or strength; resolute
(of prices, markets, etc) tending to rise
in a secure, stable, or unyielding manner: he stood firm over his obligation to pay
(sometimes foll by up) to make or become firm
(intransitive) (Austral, horse racing) (of a horse) to shorten in odds
a business partnership
any commercial enterprise
a team of doctors and their assistants
late 14c., from Old French ferm (12c.) “firm, strong, vigorous, steadfast; loyal, faithful,” from Latin firmus “firm, strong, steadfast, enduring, stable,” from PIE root *dher- “to hold, support” (cf. Sanskrit dharmah “custom, law,” Greek thronos “seat,” Lithuanian dirzmas “strong,” Welsh dir “hard,” Breton dir “steel”). The return in late 1500s to -i- from Middle English ferme was modeled on Latin. Related: Firmly; firmness.
“business house,” 1744, from German Firma “a business, name of a business,” originally “signature,” from Italian firma “signature,” from firmare “to sign,” from Latin firmare “make firm, affirm,” in Late Latin, “confirm (by signature),” from firmus “firm, stable” (see firm (adj.)).
c.1300, fermen “make firm, establish,” from Old French fermer (12c.) or directly from Latin firmare, from firmus (see firm (adj.)). Related: Firmed; firming.
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[furm-wair] /ˈfɜrmˌwɛər/ noun, Computers. 1. a microprogram stored in ROM, designed to implement a function that had previously been provided in . /ˈfɜːmˌwɛə/ noun 1. (computing) a fixed form of software programmed into a read-only memory n. 1968, from firm (adj.) + ending from software. Software stored in read-only memory (ROM) or programmable ROM (PROM). […]
[feern] /fɪərn/ noun 1. . /fɪən/ noun 1. another name for névé (sense 1) n. “consolidated snow, the raw material of glaciers,” 1853, literally “last year’s snow, névé,” from German Firn, from Swiss dialectal firn “of last year,” from Middle High German virne “old,” from Old High German firni, related to Old English fyrn “old,” […]
[feer-nuh-fi-key-shuh n] /ˌfɪər nə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən/ noun 1. the process by which snow changes into névé.
- Firn line
noun 1. Also called firn limit. the zone of a glacier between the lower region of solid ice and the upper region of névé, above which ablation occurs 2. the snow line on a glacier