|1.||an edge to a piece of cloth, made by folding the raw edge under and stitching it down|
|2.||short for hemline|
|—vb (usually foll by in, around, |
|3.||to provide with a hem|
|4.||to enclose or confine|
|[Old English hemm; related to Old Frisian hemme enclosed land]|
Variant of hemo-.
of a garment, the fringe of a garment. The Jews attached much importance to these, because of the regulations in Num. 15:38, 39. These borders or fringes were in process of time enlarged so as to attract special notice (Matt. 23:5). The hem of Christ's garment touched (9:20; 14:36; Luke 8:44).