• WordNet 3.6
    • adj firm strong and sure "a firm grasp","gave a strong pull on the rope"
    • adj firm 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 firm securely fixed in place "the post was still firm after being hit by the car"
    • adj firm not soft or yielding to pressure "a firm mattress","the snow was firm underfoot","solid ground"
    • adj firm possessing the tone and resiliency of healthy tissue "firm muscles"
    • adj firm marked by firm determination or resolution; not shakable "firm convictions","a firm mouth","steadfast resolve","a man of unbendable perseverence","unwavering loyalty"
    • adj firm securely established "holds a firm position as the country's leading poet"
    • adj firm not subject to revision or change "a firm contract","a firm offer"
    • adj firm not liable to fluctuate or especially to fall "stocks are still firm"
    • adj firm (of especially a person's physical features) not shaking or trembling "his voice was firm and confident","a firm step"
    • adv firm with resolute determination "we firmly believed it","you must stand firm"
    • v firm make taut or tauter "tauten a rope"
    • v firm become taut or tauter "Your muscles will firm when you exercise regularly","the rope tautened"
    • n firm the members of a business organization that owns or operates one or more establishments "he worked for a brokerage house"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The expression cooked "al dente" means "to the tooth." What this means is that the pasta should be somewhat firm, and offer some resistance to the tooth, but should also be tender
    • Firm Fixed; hence, closely compressed; compact; substantial; hard; solid; -- applied to the matter of bodies; as, firm flesh; firm muscles, firm wood.
    • Firm Indicating firmness; as, a firm tread; a firm countenance.
    • Firm 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."
      "By one man's firm obediency fully tried."
    • Firm Solid; -- opposed to fluid; as, firm land.
    • n Firm 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 To fix or direct with firmness. "He on his card and compass firms his eye."
    • Firm To fix; to settle; to confirm; to establish. "And Jove has firmed it with an awful nod."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The name "Grey Poupon" used for mustard comes from two people: Maurice Grey and Auguste Poupon. Grey was the inventor of a machine that mass produced fine textured mustard, and Poupon was an already established maker of mustard. In 1886 the Grey-Poupon firm was formed
    • firm Having consistence or solidity; compact; close in fiber or dense in grain; hard: as, firm flesh; cloth of a firm texture.
    • firm Strongly fixed; stable; rigid; immovable, or not easily moved: as, a firm foundation.
    • firm Steady; not tottering or shaking; not relaxed or feeble; vigorous: as, a firm step; a firm seat in the saddle; to rule with a firm hand.
    • firm Fixed in character; stable; enduring; established; steadfast; stanch: as, firm credit; firm prices; a firm friend; a firm conviction.
    • firm Strong in action or manner; resolute; positive; confident: as, a firm defense or resistance; a firm answer; the firm handling of a subject in art or literature.
    • firm Indicating firmness: as, a. firm countenance or demeanor.
    • firm Determined; positive; distinctly stated.
    • firm Synonyms Dense. Fast, established, secure.
    • firm Immovable, stanch, strong, sturdy.
    • firm To make firm; give consistence to.
    • firm To fix; establish; confirm.
    • firm To fix or direct with firmness.
    • firm To confirm by signing; make valid by subscription or indorsement.
    • n firm The firm land; terra firma; in general, the mainland.
    • n firm A sign manual; a signature.
    • n firm A partnership or association of two or more persons for carrying on a business; a commercial house; a concern; also, the name or title under which associated parties transact business: as, the firm of Hope & Co. The name of one only of the partners may be taken as the firm-name: as, the firm of Thomas Jones. If, however, only one person is interested in the business, there is no partnership or firm, even though he should use a fictitious addition to make the concern seem one. Present statutes in several jurisdictions forbid the use of firm-names where there is no firm, saving, however, the right, under proper restrictions, of foreign houses, and of continued use of an established name notwithstanding dissolution of the firm it originally represented.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Firm fėrm fixed: compact: strong: not easily moved or disturbed: unshaken: resolute: decided
    • v.t Firm (obs.) to fix, establish, confirm
    • n Firm fėrm the title under which a company transacts business: a business house or partnership.
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  • Doug Larson
    Doug Larson
    “The aging process has you firmly in its grasp if you never get the urge to throw a snowball.”
  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
    “Nothing is so firmly believed as that which we least know.”
  • Alexander Hamilton
    “Real firmness is good for anything; strut is good for nothing.”
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    “The greatest firmness is the greatest mercy.”
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
    “When firmness is sufficient, rashness is unnecessary.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “Who is so firm that can't be seduced?”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
It. firma, from L. firmus. See Farm.


In literature:

The larva has twelve legs or arms, large compound eyes, and suckers enabling it to cling firmly.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
He's all there is of the firm, except the money the Collingsbys put in.
"Desk and Debit" by Oliver Optic
Three of the firm members had been employed chauffeurs and thus got the idea and the money to start the firm.
"The Negro at Work in New York City" by George Edmund Haynes
By tilting the weight to the wall the upright board is firm enough to hold its place against any pressing out in building the beds.
"Mushrooms: how to grow them" by William Falconer
He stood firm on his own feet, in a place which his own hand had won.
"Allison Bain" by Margaret Murray Robertson
The more compressed, short, and firm the forehead, the more compression and firmness, and the less volatility in the man.
"The World's Greatest Books - Volume 15 - Science" by Various
His son's lips were firmly set; he made no answer.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
The point is that when they say 'Home Rails Firm,' they don't mean that the rails themselves are firm.
"Happy Days" by Alan Alexander Milne
The flesh is solid, though the central core is less firm.
"Studies of American Fungi. Mushrooms, Edible, Poisonous, etc." by George Francis Atkinson
The cash assets of the firm had suddenly disappeared.
"The Girl from Sunset Ranch" by Amy Bell Marlowe

In poetry:

Unshaken as the sacred hill,
And firm as mountains be,
Firm as a rock the soul shall rest
That leans, O Lord, on thee.
"Psalm 125" by Isaac Watts
But he, in the hour of triumph
Who wise and firmly stood
Planning for them large mercies,
Lies weltering in his blood.
"Death Of President Lincoln" by Nora Pembroke
Gie me a friend 'at aw can trust,
'An tell mi secrets to;
One tender-hearted, firm an' just,
Who sticks to what is true.
"What Aw Want" by John Hartley
Kingdoms on firm foundations stand,
While virtue finds reward;
And sinners perish from the land
By justice and the sword.
"Hymn 149" by Isaac Watts
Firm on a rock he made me stand,
And taught my cheerful tongue
To praise the wonders of his hand,
In a new thankful song.
"Psalm 40 Part 1" by Isaac Watts
Up, then, dance we to the song,
Care, for ever be thou gone!
Firm at length shall be my step,
High again my spirit leap!
"Up, Then, Dance We To The Song" by Walther von der Vogelweide

In news:

JACKSON — The consulting engineering firm Neel -Schaffer made the Top 50 Road & Highway Design Firms List released by Roads and Bridges.
A law firm like Howrey—founded in Washington in 1956 and only three years ago the eighth-highest-grossing law firm in DC—doesn't go into a tailspin overnight.
Lawyers who depart one law firm for another, and those law firms, must be attentive to ethical concerns arising from such changes in affiliation.
Under the new program-trading regulation, member firms would have to complete and submit trading information and data regarding program trading within 48 hours of the trades, according to the memo distributed to member firms.
Mr Viswanathan is based in the firm's London headquarters and will report to David Lofthouse, Prologue 's CEO and founder, according to a news release from the firm.
Numerous surveys and studies indicate that women make up no more than 20 percent of the partnerships at most large firms, and hold an even smaller percentage of senior firm or practice management positions.
Capesize Markets Quiet, Remain Firm Capesize markets were quieter worldwide last week, although rates remained firm.
When Darlene Rotch 's firm, Panorama Public Relations, began working for a small government firm in 2001 in Washington, DC, she had no idea her client would be thrust into the national spotlight so quickly.
Page 1 of 2 Security and compliance firm Tripwire has signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by private equity firm Thoma Bravo, a move that executives say will enable the company to expand its portfolio and geographic reach.
Law Firms Embracing Diversity In A Superlative Law Firm Culture.
"She is a lawyer in a white-shoe firm," wrote Randy Kennedy in The New York Times about Tiffany Palmer, an attorney at a prestigious law firm.
Many firms being acquired are specialty engineering firms.
Law firm as special counsel, according to an announcement by the firm this afternoon.
Detroit-based Huron Capital Partners LLC, the state's largest private equity firm, has made its 61st acquisition, an engineering firm that specializes in software that analyzes risk at nuclear power plants.
" Sam Adams seems to have a firm grip on reality as well as a firm grip on that western style "handy" they a...

In science:

Information and Organization: A New Perspective on the Theory of the Firm.
The Scientometrics of a Triple Helix of University-Industry-Government Relations
Number of firms for which the null hypothesis of non-stationary data can be rejected at 5% (*rejected at 1%).
Credit derivatives: instruments of hedging and factors of instability. The example of ?Credit Default Swaps? on French reference entities
Research partly supported by the European Research Council under the grant 228053-FiRM.
Wellposedness of Second Order Backward SDEs
Journal of Political Economy, 99, 483-499 (1991). 4. A. Thomas. Increasing Returns, Congestion Costs and the Geographic Concentration of Firms. Mimeo, International Monetary Fund, 1997. 5. G. Hanson. Market Potential, Increasing Returns, and Geographic concentration. Working Paper, NBER, Cambridge, 1998.
The Importance of Increasing Returns to Scale in the Process of Agglomeration in Portugal: A Non-linear Empirical Analysis
Firm in the belief that we actually have a well defined, convergent expression, we allow ourselves to do the d3 k integral first and to use some iǫ manipulations in dealing with seemingly ill-defined expressions.
Classical Radiation of a Finite Number of Photons