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Hem vs. Hum — What's the Difference?

Hem vs. Hum — What's the Difference?

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Hem

A hem in sewing is a garment finishing method, where the edge of a piece of cloth is folded and sewn to prevent unravelling of the fabric and to adjust the length of the piece in garments, such as at the end of the sleeve or the bottom of the garment.
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Hum

To emit a continuous low droning sound like that of the speech sound (m) when prolonged.
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Hem

An edge or border on a piece of cloth, especially a finished edge, as for a garment or curtain, made by folding an edge under and stitching it down.
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Hum

To emit the continuous droning sound of a bee on the wing; buzz.
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Hem

The height or level of the bottom edge of a skirt, dress, or coat; a hemline.
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Hum

To give forth a low continuous drone blended of many sounds
The avenue hummed with traffic.
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Hem

A short cough or clearing of the throat made especially to gain attention, warn another, hide embarrassment, or fill a pause in speech.
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Hum

To be in a state of busy activity.
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Hem

To fold back and stitch down the edge of.
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Hum

To produce a tune without opening the lips or forming words.
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Hem

To surround and shut in; enclose
A valley hemmed in by mountains.
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Hum

To sing (a tune) without opening the lips or forming words.
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Hem

To utter a hem.
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Hum

(Baseball) To throw or pitch (a ball) very fast.
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Hem

To hesitate in speech.
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Hum

The sound produced by humming.
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Hem

Used to fill in the gap of a pause with a vocalized sound.
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Hum

The act of humming.
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Hem

An utterance or sound of the voice like "hem", often indicative of hesitation or doubt, sometimes used to call attention.
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Hum

Used to indicate hesitation, surprise, or displeasure.
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Hem

(sewing) The border of an article of clothing doubled back and stitched together to finish the edge and prevent it from fraying.
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Hum

A hummed tune, i.e. created orally with lips closed.
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Hem

A rim or margin of something.
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Hum

An often indistinct sound resembling human humming.
They could hear a hum coming from the kitchen, and found the dishwasher on.
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Hem

In sheet metal design, a rim or edge folded back on itself to create a smooth edge and to increase strength or rigidity.
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Hum

Busy activity, like the buzz of a beehive.
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Hem

To make the sound expressed by the word hem; to hesitate in speaking.
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Hum

Unpleasant odour.
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Hem

To make a hem.
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Hum

(dated) An imposition or hoax; humbug.
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Hem

(transitive) To put hem on an article of clothing, to edge or put a border on something.
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Hum

(obsolete) A kind of strong drink.
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Hem

(transitive) To shut in, enclose, confine; to surround something or someone in a confining way.
A small yard hemmed about by a tall hedge.
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Hum

A phenomenon, or collection of phenomena, involving widespread reports of a persistent and invasive low-frequency humming, rumbling, or droning noise not audible to all people.
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Hem

Obsolete form of 'em
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Hum

(intransitive) To make a sound from the vocal chords without pronouncing any real words, with one's lips closed.
We are humming happily along with the music.
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Hem

Them
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Hum

(transitive) To express by humming.
To hum a tune
The team ominously hummed “We shall overcome” as they came back onto the field after the break.
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Hem

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.
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Hum

(intransitive) To drone like certain insects naturally do in motion, or sounding similarly
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Hem

An utterance or sound of the voice, hem or hm, often indicative of hesitation or doubt, sometimes used to call attention.
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Hum

(intransitive) To buzz, be busily active like a beehive
The streets were humming with activity.
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Hem

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

(intransitive) To produce low sounds which blend continuously
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Hem

Border; edge; margin.
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Hum

To reek, smell bad.
This room really hums — have you ever tried spring cleaning, mate?
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Hem

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

To flatter by approving; to cajole; to deceive or impose upon; to humbug.
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Hem

To make the sound expressed by the word hem; hence, to hesitate in speaking.
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Hum

Syn of hmm: a noise indicating thought, consideration, &c.
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Hem

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

Syn of um: a noise indicating doubt, uncertainty, &c.
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Hem

To border; to edge
All the skirt aboutWas hemmed with golden fringe.
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Hum

To make a low, prolonged sound, like that of a bee in flight; to drone; to murmur; to buzz; as, a top hums.
Still humming on, their drowsy course they keep.
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Hem

Lap that forms a cloth border doubled back and stitched down
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Hum

To make a nasal sound, like that of the letter m prolonged, without opening the mouth, or articulating; to mumble in monotonous undertone; to drone.
The cloudy messenger turns me his back,And hums.
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Hem

Fold over and sew together to provide with a hem;
Hem my skirt
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Hum

To make an inarticulate sound, like h'm, through the nose in the process of speaking, from embarrassment or a affectation; to hem.
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Hem

Utter `hem' or `ahem'
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Hum

To express satisfaction by a humming noise.
Here the spectators hummed.
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Hum

To have the sensation of a humming noise; as, my head hums, - a pathological condition.
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Hum

To sing with shut mouth; to murmur without articulation; to mumble; as, to hum a tune.
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Hum

To express satisfaction with by humming.
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Hum

To flatter by approving; to cajole; to impose on; to humbug.
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Hum

A low monotonous noise, as of bees in flight, of a swiftly revolving top, of a wheel, or the like; a drone; a buzz.
The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums.
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Hum

Any inarticulate and buzzing sound
But 'midst the crowd, the hum, the shock of men.
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Hum

A buzz or murmur, as of approbation.
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Hum

An imposition or hoax.
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Hum

An inarticulate nasal sound or murmur, like h'm, uttered by a speaker in pause from embarrassment, affectation, etc.
These shrugs, these hums and ha's.
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Hum

A kind of strong drink formerly used.
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Hum

Ahem; hem; an inarticulate sound uttered in a pause of speech implying doubt and deliberation.
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Hum

The state of being or appearing to be actively engaged in an activity;
They manifested all the busyness of a pack of beavers
There is a constant hum of military preparation
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Hum

An Islamic fundamentalist group in Pakistan that fought the Soviet Union in Afghanistan in the 1980s; now operates as a terrorist organization primarily in Kashmir and seeks Kashmir's accession by Pakistan
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Hum

A humming noise;
The hum of distant traffic
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Hum

Sing with closed lips;
She hummed a melody
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Hum

Be noisy with activity;
This office is buzzing with activity
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Hum

Sound with a monotonous hum
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Hum

Make a low continuous sound;
The refrigerator is humming
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