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Firm vs. Stern

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Firmnoun

A business partnership; the name under which it trades.

Sternadjective

Having a hardness and severity of nature or manner.

Firmnoun

A business enterprise, however organized.

Sternadjective

Grim and forbidding in appearance.

Firmnoun

(slang) A criminal gang, especially based around football hooliganism.

Sternnoun

(nautical) The rear part or after end of a ship or vessel.

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Firmadjective

steadfast, secure, hard (in position)

‘It's good to have a firm grip when shaking hands.’;

Sternnoun

(figurative) The post of management or direction.

Firmadjective

fixed (in opinion)

‘a firm believer; a firm friend; a firm adherent’;

Sternnoun

The hinder part of anything.

Firmadjective

solid, rigid (material state)

‘firm flesh; firm muscles, firm wood; firm land (i.e. not soft and marshy)’;

Sternnoun

The tail of an animal; now used only of the tail of a dog.

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Firmverb

(transitive) To make firm or strong; fix securely.

Sternnoun

A bird, the black tern.

Firmverb

(transitive) To make compact or resistant to pressure; solidify.

Sternnoun

The black tern.

Firmverb

(intransitive) To become firm; stabilise.

Sternnoun

The helm or tiller of a vessel or boat; also, the rudder.

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Firmverb

(intransitive) To improve after decline.

Sternnoun

The after or rear end of a ship or other vessel, or of a boat; the part opposite to the stem, or prow.

Firmverb

To shorten (of betting odds).

Sternnoun

Fig.: The post of management or direction.

‘And sit chiefest stern of public weal.’;

Firmverb

To select (a higher education institution) as one's preferred choice, so as to enrol automatically if one's grades match the conditional offer.

Sternnoun

The hinder part of anything.

Firmadjective

Fixed; hence, closely compressed; compact; substantial; hard; solid; - applied to the matter of bodies; as, firm flesh; firm muscles, firm wood.

Sternnoun

The tail of an animal; - now used only of the tail of a dog.

Firmadjective

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 slowBut firm battalion.’; ‘By one man's firm obediency fully tried.’;

Sternadjective

Having a certain hardness or severity of nature, manner, or aspect; hard; severe; rigid; rigorous; austere; fixed; unchanging; unrelenting; hence, serious; resolute; harsh; as, a sternresolve; a stern necessity; a stern heart; a stern gaze; a stern decree.

‘The sterne wind so loud gan to rout.’; ‘I would outstare the sternest eyes that look.’; ‘When that the poor have cried, Cæsar hath wept;Ambition should be made of sterner stuff.’; ‘Stern as tutors, and as uncles hard.’; ‘These barren rocks, your stern inheritance.’;

Firmadjective

Solid; - opposed to fluid; as, firm land.

Sternadjective

Being in the stern, or being astern; as, the stern davits.

Firmadjective

Indicating firmness; as, a firm tread; a firm countenance.

Sternnoun

the rear part of a ship

Firmnoun

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.

Sternnoun

United States concert violinist (born in Russia in 1920)

Firmverb

To fix; to settle; to confirm; to establish.

‘And Jove has firmed it with an awful nod.’;

Sternnoun

the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on;

‘he deserves a good kick in the butt’; ‘are you going to sit on your fanny and do nothing?’;

Firmverb

To fix or direct with firmness.

‘He on his card and compass firms his eye.’;

Sternadjective

of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor; forbidding in aspect;

‘an austere expression’; ‘a stern face’;

Firmnoun

members of a business organization that owns or operates one or more establishments;

‘he worked for a brokerage house’;

Sternadjective

not to be placated or appeased or moved by entreaty;

‘grim determination’; ‘grim necessity’; ‘Russia's final hour, it seemed, approached with inexorable certainty’; ‘relentless persecution’; ‘the stern demands of parenthood’;

Firmverb

become taut or tauter;

‘Yur muscles will firm when you exercise regularly’; ‘the rope tautened’;

Sternadjective

severe and unremitting in making demands;

‘an exacting instructor’; ‘a stern disciplinarian’; ‘strict standards’;

Firmverb

make taut or tauter;

‘tauten a rope’;

Stern

The stern is the back or aft-most part of a ship or boat, technically defined as the area built up over the sternpost, extending upwards from the counter rail to the taffrail. The stern lies opposite the bow, the foremost part of a ship.

Firmadjective

marked by firm determination or resolution; not shakable;

‘firm convictions’; ‘a firm mouth’; ‘steadfast resolve’; ‘a man of unbendable perseverence’; ‘unwavering loyalty’;

Firmadjective

not soft or yielding to pressure;

‘a firm mattress’; ‘the snow was firm underfoot’; ‘solid ground’;

Firmadjective

strong and sure;

‘a firm grasp’; ‘gave a strong pull on the rope’;

Firmadjective

not subject to revision or change;

‘a firm contract’; ‘a firm offer’;

Firmadjective

(of especially a person's physical features) not shaking or trembling;

‘his voice was firm and confident’; ‘a firm step’;

Firmadjective

not liable to fluctuate or especially to fall;

‘stocks are still firm’;

Firmadjective

securely established;

‘an established reputation’; ‘holds a firm position as the country's leading poet’;

Firmadjective

marked by the tone and resiliency of healthy tissue;

‘firm muscles’;

Firmadjective

pleasingly firm and fresh and making a crunching noise when chewed;

‘crisp carrot and celery sticks’; ‘a firm apple’; ‘crunchy lettuce’;

Firmadjective

securely fixed in place;

‘the post was still firm after being hit by the car’;

Firmadjective

unwavering in devotion to friend or vow or cause;

‘a firm ally’; ‘loyal supporters’; ‘the true-hearted soldier...of Tippecanoe’; ‘fast friends’;

Firmadverb

with resolute determination;

‘we firmly believed it’; ‘you must stand firm’;

Firmadjective

having a solid, almost unyielding surface or structure

‘the bed should be reasonably firm, but not too hard’;

Firmadjective

solidly in place and stable

‘he was unable to establish the shop on a firm financial footing’; ‘no building can stand without firm foundations’;

Firmadjective

having steady but not excessive power or strength

‘you need a firm grip on the steering’;

Firmadjective

showing resolute determination and strength of character

‘parents should be firm with children and not give in to their demands’;

Firmadjective

strongly felt and unlikely to change

‘he retains a firm belief in the efficacy of prayer’;

Firmadjective

steadfast and constant

‘we became firm friends’;

Firmadjective

decided upon and fixed or definite

‘she had no firm plans for the next day’;

Firmadjective

(of a currency, shares, etc.) having a steady value or price which is more likely to rise than fall

‘the pound was firm against the dollar’;

Firmverb

make more solid or resilient

‘how can I firm up a sagging bustline?’;

Firmverb

fix (a plant) securely in the soil

‘don't tread around bushes to firm them’;

Firmverb

make (an agreement or plan) explicit and definite

‘the agreements still have to be firmed up’;

Firmverb

(of a price) rise slightly to reach a level considered secure

‘the shares firmed 15p to 620p’; ‘he believed house prices would firm by the end of the year’;

Firmadverb

in a resolute and determined manner

‘the Chancellor has held firm to tough economic policies’; ‘she will stand firm against the government's proposal’;

Firmnoun

a business concern, especially one involving a partnership of two or more people

‘a law firm’; ‘state support for small firms’;

Firmnoun

a group of hospital doctors working as a team, headed by a consultant.

Firmnoun

an organized group of football supporters known for their aggressive attitudes towards rival fans.

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