hem

When kids grow taller, their parents sometimes have to let out the hem in their pants so they'll be long enough. The hem is the very bottom, folded edge of a piece of clothing.

Most of your clothes have at least one hem in them — at the ends of your sleeves, the bottom of your skirt, or along the edge of your t-shirt. When a person sews a hem, whether he's making a dress or a pair of curtains, he folds a very small amount of fabric under two or three times and stitches along the edge in a straight line. In Old English, the word hem means "a border."

Primary Meanings of hem

1.
nv
the edge of a piece of cloth; especially the finished edge that has been doubled under and stitched down
fold over and sew together to provide with a hem
2.
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the utterance of a sound similar to clearing the throat; intended to get attention, express hesitancy, fill a pause, hide embarrassment, warn a friend, etc.
utter `hem' or `ahem'
Full Definitions of hem
1

n the edge of a piece of cloth; especially the finished edge that has been doubled under and stitched down

“the hem of her dress was stained”
“let down the hem
“he stitched weights into the curtain's hem
“it seeped along the hem of his jacket”
Type of:
edge
the outside limit of an object or area or surface; a place farthest away from the center of something

v fold over and sew together to provide with a hem

hem my skirt”
Type of:
run up, sew, sew together, stitch
fasten by sewing; do needlework
2

n the utterance of a sound similar to clearing the throat; intended to get attention, express hesitancy, fill a pause, hide embarrassment, warn a friend, etc.

Synonyms:
ahem
Type of:
utterance, vocalization
the use of uttered sounds for auditory communication

v utter `hem' or `ahem'

Type of:
emit, let loose, let out, utter
express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words)

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