• WordNet 3.6
    • n firmness the quality of being steady or securely and immovably fixed in place
    • n firmness the trait of being resolute "his resoluteness carried him through the battle","it was his unshakeable resolution to finish the work"
    • n firmness the property of being unyielding to the touch
    • n firmness the muscle tone of healthy tissue "his muscular firmness"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • 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
    • n firmness The state or quality of being firm; compactness; hardness; solidity; stability; strength; steadfastness; resoluteness; constancy; fixedness; certainty: as, the firmness of jelly; firmness of flesh; firmness of union; the firmness of a purpose; the firmness of a judge.
    • n firmness In phrenology, an organ situated toward the back part of the head, between self-esteem and veneration. Its function is said to be to produce determination, constancy, and perseverance. Synonyms Firmness, Constancy, Faithfulness, Fidelity. Firmness is a matter of the will, preventing one from yielding; constancy, of the heart, holding one steadfast. Firmness is opposed to weakness or pliancy; constancy to fickleness. Faithfulness is a matterof the heart; it is generally a warmer sort of fidelity, with the element of principle sometimes less prominent. Fidelity is a matter of personal principle; the word more often than the others applies to definite action. We speak of the firmness of a teacher in maintaining order, the constancy of a lover, the fidelity of a bank cashier, the faithfulness of a mother. We may speak of the fidelity of a dog only as he meets trusts reposed in him, or is considered as having the power to apply principle to action as a moral being. See decision and assiduity.
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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.”
  • Abraham Lincoln
    “With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us finish the work ;we are in.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “To the person with a firm purpose all men and things are servants.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “Who is so firm that can't be seduced?”
  • Isaac Asimov
    “Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is.”


In literature:

But she rang the bell hard and knocked firmly.
"Happy Pollyooly" by Edgar Jepson
He carefully tied up all the letters of the firm, together with three love-letters from his wife.
"Debit and Credit" by Gustav Freytag
He had outlived by many years the catastrophe to the great banking firm with which the name of Gurney is associated.
"George Borrow and His Circle" by Clement King Shorter
I still have some say-so in the firm.
"Quin" by Alice Hegan Rice
The publishing firm of R. E. Peterson & Co. sought his alliance, and the firm of Childs and Peterson became known far and near.
"Hidden Treasures" by Harry A. Lewis
Upon the death of Bonham Norton, Barker's name again appears in the imprint of the firm, and he continued printing until about 1645.
"A Short History of English Printing, 1476-1898" by Henry R. Plomer
Half is taken by the State: half passes to the firms who are getting "rich quick" out of its necessities.
"The World in Chains" by John Mavrogordato
It was clear the "Firm" was bound on a momentous and unpleasant errand.
"Follow My leader" by Talbot Baines Reed
Then turn down the arms and press them firmly for two seconds against the sides of the chest.
"Papers on Health" by John Kirk
Grasp with firmness if you would rob it of its sting.
"Architects of Fate" by Orison Swett Marden

In poetry:

On us did she bestow the hour,
And fixed it firm in thought;
Her spirit like a meadow flower
That gives, and asks for nought.
"The Years Had Worn Their Season's Belt" by George Meredith
Our God! how firm his promise stands,
E'en when he hides his face;
He trusts in our Redeemer's hands
His glory and his grace.
"Hymn 40" by Isaac Watts
From all the viewless snares of sin
Preserve us firm and free;
As Thou, like us, hast grieved been,
May we rejoice with Thee!
"Hymn 5. Christmas Day" by Reginald Heber
But quickly springs she to his side,
And firmly holds his arm,
"Oh, chief, indeed no, spy am I,
But friend to spare you harm."
"A Ballad Of 1812" by Sarah Anne Curzon
Oh, man, immortal in thy soul,
Thou dost possess a will,
Then why not prune these noxious sprouts,
With firm and steady skill.
"Display" by Thomas Frederick Young
His mercy reigns through every land;
Proclaim his grace abroad;
For ever firm his truth shall stand
Praise ye the faithful God.
"Psalm 117" by Isaac Watts

In news:

A federal lawsuit says Sen Brian Boquist, R-Dallas, misappropriated funds from a military training firm he owns.
Chef Pete Evans uses green mango—which is firm and a little crunchy—for the fresh, bright salad that accompanies the salmon fillets here.
Drill firm basking in glow of Chilean rescue.
Barack Obama's supporters have at least one firm prediction about what's going to happen in the remaining days before the Iowa caucuses: more attacks from Hillary Clinton.
The owners of Indianapolis-based Bluefish Wireless, which manages wireless phones for Fortune 500 companies and their employees, have spawned a new firm to serve smaller firms, via the Web.
Sam Odle, a former longtime executive of Methodist Hospital and Indiana University Health, is joining the Indianapolis-based lobbying firm Bose Public Affairs Group LLC, the firm announced Tuesday.
Several metro Detroit law firms placed among the best in the Midwest on's survey of law firm associates.
International Law Firms (ILF), a business law firm referral network, recently announced that it has chosen attorney Howard G Slavit, managing partner of Saul Ewing LLP's Washington Office, as its new chairman.
FHFA said in a statement that the planned delisting is due to the weak stock price for both firms, and not due to any determination about a change in condition at the firms or decisions about their futures.
Absent informed consent from Law Firm A's client, the paralegal must be effectively isolated at Law Firm B from the entire matter, otherwise Law Firm B risks being disqualified from that matter.
Along with several other in-house counsel, I was invited last year by a law firm to participate in a panel discussion with the firm's associates.
Mexico's Interjet converted options on five more SSJ100s to firm status last month, raising its firm order count to 20.
Minority- or female-owned, minority-owned, and female-owned firms represented 15 percent, 6 percent and 10 percent, respectively, of firms in the US pipeline industry in 2007.
Chris Dixon, the entrepreneur behind recommendation service Hunch and web-security company SiteAdvisor, will join Silicon Valley venture-capital firm Andreessen Horowitz in January, he and the firm said Monday.
Duke's 2010 national championship team purchased nearly $100,000 in custom jewelry that season from a New York firm that caters to professional athletes and the firm is now suing him for failing to pay the balance of what he owes.

In science:

Firmness means exactly that the category of bimodules over the firm ring is a monoidal category with the base ring as monoidal unit.
Galois theory in bicategories
Firstly the directivity’s variation is presented quite firm yet increases afterwards as elongation steps advance, as shown in Figure, exceeding 5 [dBd].
"D-Dimond1", Prototype Antenna RGA-05
Wang, Firmly nonexpansive and Kirszbraun-Valentine extensions: a constructive approach via monotone operator theory, in: Nonlinear Analysis and Optimization (Haifa 2008 ), Contemp.
Definable versions of theorems by Kirszbraun and Helly
Out of this sample, the survey firm obtained complete pre-Cap interviews from only 1040 borrowers - 7% of the Oregon sample and 5% of the Washington sample.
Is There Statistical Evidence that the Oregon Payday-Loan Rate Cap Hurts Consumers?
From among them, the survey firm only interviewed 200 Oregonians and 200 Washingtonians – again, hinting at a rigid quota.
Is There Statistical Evidence that the Oregon Payday-Loan Rate Cap Hurts Consumers?