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(1)   Strong and sure
"A firm grasp"
"Gave a strong pull on the rope"
(2)   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"
(3)   Securely fixed in place
"The post was still firm after being hit by the car"
(4)   Pleasingly firm and fresh and making a crunching noise when chewed
"Crisp carrot and celery sticks"
"A firm apple"
"Crunchy lettuce"
(5)   Not soft or yielding to pressure
"A firm mattress"
"The snow was firm underfoot"
"Solid ground"
(6)   Possessing the tone and resiliency of healthy tissue
"Firm muscles"
(7)   Marked by firm determination or resolution; not shakable
"Firm convictions"
"A firm mouth"
"Steadfast resolve"
"A man of unbendable perseverence"
"Unwavering loyalty"
(8)   Securely established
"An established reputation"
"Holds a firm position as the country's leading poet"
(9)   Not subject to revision or change
"A firm contract"
"A firm offer"
(10)   Not liable to fluctuate or especially to fall
"Stocks are still firm"
(11)   (of especially a person's physical features) not shaking or trembling
"His voice was firm and confident"
"A firm step"


(12)   With resolute determination
"We firmly believed it"
"You must stand firm"


(13)   The members of a business organization that owns or operates one or more establishments
"He worked for a brokerage house"


(14)   Make taut or tauter
"Tauten a rope"
(15)   Become taut or tauter
"Your muscles will firm when you exercise regularly"
"The rope tautened"

Etymology 1

From , from , from , from , from


  1. A business partnership; the name under which it trades.
  2. A business enterprise, however organized.
  3. A criminal gang

Etymology 2

ferme < ferme < firmus = (strong, steady)


  1. steadfast, secure, hard (in position)
  2. fixed (in opinion)
  3. solid, rigid (material state)


  1. To make firm or strong; fix securely.
  2. To make compact or resistant to pressure; solidify.
  3. To become firm; stabilise.
  4. To improve after decline.
  5. Aust. To shorten (of betting odds).