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firm

1
(of prices, markets, etc.) tending to rise

firm

2
1. a business partnership
2. any commercial enterprise
3. a team of doctors and their assistants
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I am carried along a rough pathway made of great flat stones, until we reach the firmer earth, and discover a human dwelling-place at last.
The firmer the woman's footing in society, the worse it is.
The scout directed Heyward and his disconsolate fellow travelers to seat themselves in the forward end of the canoe, and took possession of the other himself, as erect and steady as if he floated in a vessel of much firmer materials.
Holding by a shroud, Starbuck was standing on the quarter-deck; at every flash of the lightning glancing aloft, to see what additional disaster might have befallen the intricate hamper there; while Stubb and Flask were directing the men in the higher hoisting and firmer lashing of the boats.
She unconsciously made a gesture of angry dissent and moved a step nearer her seat, but was arrested by Miss Dearborn's command in a still firmer voice.
For a moment or two she could say no more; but when this emotion had passed away, she added, in a firmer tone,
Dick, on his part, was as white as a sheet; his eyes burned and his lips trembled with anger as he thrust the door suddenly open, introduced Esther with ceremonious gallantry, and stood forward and knocked his hat firmer on his head like a man about to leap.
Risk proxies are now slightly firmer, with Treasuries rebounding after the 3-year auction, USD-JPY near to lows, while gold based near $1,315 earlier, below highs near $1,324.
The local stock barometer edged higher yesterday, tracking mostly firmer regional markets, while investors digested remaining second-quarter corporate earnings results.
London, Rajab 1, 1437, Apr 8, 2016, SPA -- European equities rose in early trading on Friday as firmer prices of metals and crude oil boosted resource-related stocks, although a pan-European index was on track for its fourth straight week of losses.
He called on the UN to adopt firmer stances against the Zionist regime, and said, "Over 1,800 Palestinians, including 405 children, have fallen victim to the Zionist usurper regime.
Tomorrow [Friday] I'll be able to play in the morning with softer greens and I think that's going to be a big help, because surely the greens will be firmer and firmer as the week goes by.