To hem about, around, or in, to inclose and confine; to surround; to environ. "With valiant squadrons round about to hem." Fairfax. "Hemmed in to be a spoil to tyranny." Daniel.To hem out, to shut out. "You can not hem me out of London." J. Webster.

(Hem"a-) Same as Hæma-.

(Hem"a*chate) n. [L. haemachates; Gr. a"i^ma blood + agate.] (Min.) A species of agate, sprinkled with spots of red jasper.

(Hem"a*chrome) n. Same as Hæmachrome.

(Hem"a*cite) n. [Gr. a"i^ma blood.] A composition made from blood, mixed with mineral or vegetable substances, used for making buttons, door knobs, etc.

(Hem`a*drom"e*ter Hem`a*dro*mom"e*ter) n. [Hema- + Gr. course + - meter.] (Physiol.) An instrument for measuring the velocity with which the blood moves in the arteries.

(Hem`a*drom`e*try Hem`a*dro*mom"e*try) n. (Physiol.) The act of measuring the velocity with which the blood circulates in the arteries; hæmotachometry.

(He`ma*dy*nam"ics) n. [Hema- + dynamics.] (Physiol.) The principles of dynamics in their application to the blood; that part of science which treats of the motion of the blood.

(He`ma*dy"na*mom"e*ter) n. [Hema- + dynamometr.] (Physiol.) An instrument by which the pressure of the blood in the arteries, or veins, is measured by the height to which it will raise a column of mercury; — called also a hæmomanometer.

Hem to Hemisphere

(Hem) pron. [OE., fr. AS. him, heom, dative pl. of. he he. See He, They.] Them [Obs.] Chaucer.

(Hem), interj. An onomatopoetic word used as an expression of hesitation, doubt, etc. It is often a sort of voluntary half cough, loud or subdued, and would perhaps be better expressed by hm.

Cough or cry hem, if anybody come.

(Hem), n. An utterance or sound of the voice, hem or hm, often indicative of hesitation or doubt, sometimes used to call attention. "His morning hems." Spectator.

(Hem), v. i. [&radic15. See Hem, interj.] To make the sound expressed by the word hem; hence, to hesitate in speaking. "Hem, and stroke thy beard." Shak.

(Hem), n. [AS. hem, border, margin; cf. Fries. hämel, Prov. G. hammel hem of mire or dirt.]

1. The edge or border of a garment or cloth, doubled over and sewed, to strengthen it and prevent raveling.

2. Border; edge; margin. "Hem of the sea." Shak.

3. A border made on sheet-metal ware by doubling over the edge of the sheet, to stiffen it and remove the sharp edge.

(Hem), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hemmed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Hemming.]

1. To form a hem or border to; to fold and sew down the edge of. Wordsworth.

2. To border; to edge

All the skirt about
Was hemmed with golden fringe.

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