—adj. 1. not soft or yielding when pressed; comparatively solid, hard, stiff, or rigid: firm ground; firm texture. 2. securely fixed in place.
3. not shaking or trembling; steady: a firm voice. 4. not likely to change; fixed; settled; unalterable: a firm belief. 5. steadfast or unwavering, as persons or principles: firm friends. 6. indicating firmness or determination: a firm expression. 7. not fluctuating much or falling, as prices, values, etc.: The stock market was firm today.
—v.t. 1. to make firm; tighten or strengthen (sometimes fol. by up): to firm up one's hold on something. 2. to steady or fix (sometimes fol. by up): to firm up prices.
—v.i. 1. to become firm or fixed (sometimes fol. by up): Butter firms by churning. 2. (of prices, markets, etc.) to recover; become stronger, as after a decline (sometimes fol. by up): Stock prices firmed again today.
—adv. firmly: He stood firm.
Pronunciation: (fûrm),[key] —n. 1. a partnership or association for carrying on a business.
2. the name or title under which associated parties transact business: the firm of Smith & Jones.