KJV Dictionary Definition: firm


FIRM, a. ferm. L. firmus. This is the root of L. ferrum, iron.

1. Properly, fixed; hence, applied to the matter of bodies, it signifies closely compressed; compact; hard; solid; as firm flesh; firm muscles; some species of wood are more firm than others; a cloth of firm texture.

2. Fixed; steady; constant; stable; unshaken; not easily moved; as a firm believer; a firm friend; a firm adherent or supporter; a firm man, or a man of firm resolution.

3. Solid; not giving way; opposed to fluid; as firm land.

FIRM, n. ferm. A partnership or house; or the name or title under which a company transact business; as the firm of Hope & Co.

FIRM, v.t. ferm. L. firmo. To fix; to settle; to confirm; to establish.

And Jove has firm'd it with an awful nod.

This word is rarely used, except in poetry. In prose, we use confirm.


FIRMED, pp. ferm'ed. Established; confirmed.


FIRMING, ppr. ferm'ing, Settling; making firm and stable.


FIRM'NESS, n. ferm'ness.

1. Closeness or denseness of texture or structure; compactness; hardness; solidity; as the firmness of wood, stone, cloth or other substance.

2. Stability; strength; as the firmness of a union, or of a confederacy.

3. Steadfastness; constancy; fixedness; as the firmness of a purpose or resolution; the firmness of a man, or of his courage; firmness of mind or soul.

4. Certainty; soundness; as the firmness of notions or opinions.