hem in

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v hem in surround so as to force to give up "The Turks besieged Vienna"
    • v hem in surround in a restrictive manner "The building was hemmed in by flowers"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Hem in to surround
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hemm, a border; Ger. hamm, a fence.

Usage

In literature:

Slowly did I see the waves dashing forward to their destined goal, hemming in every chance of escape.
"Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, No. 475" by Various
Summer camps and cottages dotted the shores and green hills hemmed it in.
"The Adventure Club Afloat" by Ralph Henry Barbour
There's a great hulking brute of a thorn stuck in the hem.
"The Divine Fire" by May Sinclair
Pompeius then surrounded Mithridates with his troops and hemmed him in with his lines.
"Plutarch's Lives Volume III." by Plutarch
A wilderness of tropical plants hemmed it in.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. 11, No. 22, January, 1873" by Various
Again, in the tomb of Ptahhotep, the site was hemmed in by older buildings, and was not large enough.
"Manual Of Egyptian Archaeology And Guide To The Study Of Antiquities In Egypt" by Gaston Camille Charles Maspero
Mary Hemming, of Moseley Wake Green, died December 5, 1881, in her 104th year.
"Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham" by Thomas T. Harman and Walter Showell
Nothing neglect and nothing leave, Hem them in from the skirt to sleeve.
"Continental Monthly - Volume 1 - Issue 3" by Various
You are hemmed in by conventional standards, and your possessions, and all the things to which you attach such great importance.
"The Burglar and the Blizzard" by Alice Duer Miller
At first they won important successes, but in 212 they were hemmed in and killed, after a crushing defeat.
"Cato Maior de Senectute" by Marcus Tullius Cicero
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In poetry:

Yea, in the night, my Soul, my daughter,
Cry,--clinging Heaven by the hems;
And lo, Christ walking on the water
Not of Gennesareth, but Thames!
"The Kingdom of God" by Francis Thompson
How start to light the clustering isles,
Each silver-hemmed! How sharply show
The shadows of their rocky piles,
And tree-tops in the wave below!
"Summer" by John Greenleaf Whittier
These set he in the midst of them,
And as they drew back their garment-hem,
For fear of defilement, 'Lo, here,' said he,
'The images ye have made of me!'
"A Parable - II" by James Russell Lowell
The wounds of the old years ache newly;
The gloom of the shop hems me in;
But six o'clock signals come duly:
O, freedom seems mine again, truly...
Unhindered I haste from the din.
"From Dawn To Dawn" by Morris Rosenfeld
Lief, ik kan niet om hem weenen
Waar hij stil en eenzaam ligt
In het schoon doorzichtig steenen
Masker van zijn aangezicht
Dat de dingen er om henen
Met zijn bleeke toorts belicht.
"Bij Een Doode" by Pieter Cornelis Boutens
Eten and drounken, and maden hem glad;
Hoere lif was al with gamen i-lad,
Men kneleden hem biforen;
They beren hem wel swithe heye;
And in a twincling of an eye
Hoere soules weren forloren.
"Ubi Sunt Qui Ante Nos Fuerunt?" by Anonymous Americas

In news:

Eastern regional finals the last three years, Montclair State University's baseball team still plays on a field hemmed in by campus buildings and with bleacher seating for just 200 fans.
In 1784, when Jefferson was sent to France as a commissioner, he made a deal with his slave, James Hemming.
David Hemmings, the British actor who starred in the 1966 film "Blowup," died on Wednesday while filming a movie in Romania.
Police Use Their Heads To Hem In Runaway Hamster.
Hemming Park in Downtown Jacksonville.
Polgar, Just One of the Boys , Hems In a Russian's Queen.
In the July 2011 issue of Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car, we told the story of the Lea-Francis 14hp Sports, produced in England from the fall of 1947 through 1949.
Exotic retaining wall of caged rock hems in Eugene couple's Mediterranean-style terraced gardens.
The city is hemmed in by mountains that meet the Pacific at Gaviota Pass and the Rincon , respectively.
Simon Storey , principal of Anonymous Architects in Los Angeles, set out to build an affordable modern house with a built-in math puzzle: How to squeeze 960 square feet of living space on a hemmed-in urban lot of just 780 square feet.
I just opened my new Hemmings Motor News and will be one of many who point out that the car pictured in Daniel Strohl's "Consumption" article (Abandoned Autos, September 2012) is not a '49 Ford, but is a '50.
We can now cut and sew a double-sided banner with top and bottom pole pockets with perfect image registration at the hems in less time than ever before.
In the scene from the 1955 movie The Seven-Year Itch , when the passing subway levitates the hem of Marilyn Monroe's white dress, I always imagined The Girl (the character was never named in the movie) was wearing red underwear.
In the last 39 years, this 1972 Chevrolet Monte Carlo has had four owners, and Hemmings reader Mike Genthe of Flora, Illinois, happens to be two of them.
Stick the plastic snap in the hem at the length you want.
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In science:

We assume that dim HS < ∞, while dim HEm may be infinite.
Infinite Products of Random Matrices and Repeated Interaction Dynamics
H = HS ⊗ HC , where HC = Nm≥1 HEm , and where the infinite product is taken with respect to ψC = Nm≥1 ψEm .
Infinite Products of Random Matrices and Repeated Interaction Dynamics
We assume that dim HS < ∞, while the HEm may be infinite dimensional.
Random repeated interaction quantum systems
We assume that dim HS < ∞, while dim HEm may be infinite.
Repeated Interaction Quantum Systems: Deterministic and Random
HC = Nm≥1 HEm , and where the infinite product is taken with respect to ψC = Nm≥1 ψEm .
Repeated Interaction Quantum Systems: Deterministic and Random
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