Meaning of firmness in English:


Pronunciation /ˈfəːmnəs/


mass noun
  • 1The quality of having a solid, almost unyielding surface or structure.

    ‘he tested the firmness of the mattress’
    • ‘I felt the firmness of his upper arm’
    • ‘I walked placidly toward the center, my bare feet faintly slapping against the firmness of the marble platform.’
    • ‘The amount of light bounced back after interacting with fruit tissue reflects fruit firmness.’
    • ‘They use a standard laboratory instrument used to test food firmness through compression.’
    • ‘He is developing an automated way to sort apples by quality, including deep internal bruises, as well as taste and firmness.’
    • ‘Robots prod the mattress to test for firmness with numerical precision.’
    • ‘You can control the ball's firmness somewhat by over- or underinflating.’
    • ‘The beans hold their shape and firmness when cooked.’
    • ‘The firmness of the normal kidney is about the same as that of the normal liver.’
    • ‘The term "indentation load deflection" is used to describe the degree of firmness of the foam.’
    • ‘The masks were a perfect fit, as light as a membrane and with the strength and firmness of metal.’
    1. 1.1The application of steady but not excessive power or strength.
      ‘the firmness of his hand on my chest’
      • ‘he sang with a wonderful firmness of tone’
      • ‘The four vocalists have a firm grasp on the necessary style, and sing with firmness but not with heaviness.’
      • ‘The firmness of the power steering can be tailored during vehicle build to suit the taste of the owner.’
      • ‘The body of the knife is slotted aluminum for lightness and firmness of grip.’
      • ‘Hatch took the hand and met the firmness of Ward's grip.’
      • ‘Thanks to that stiff chassis and some innovative front suspension, it is well balanced between comfort and firmness of ride.’
      • ‘I indulged in the firmness of his hand on my chest, the warmness of his body so close to mine.’
      • ‘When people say, "I liked him from the first handshake," they are not referring to firmness of grasp but to a moment of authentic connection.’
      • ‘The gentle touch had been replaced by the firmness of loveless hands.’
      • ‘He was ready to fight for his sister's right to remain there, but was checked by the increasing firmness of his father's grip.’
      • ‘Taking her hand, the warmth of it entranced him, and the firmness of her grasp surprised him.’
    2. 1.2Resolute determination and strength of character.
      ‘his firmness of purpose gained him a devoted following’
      • ‘It is because of Esther's firmness in their decision to send Deborah to the hospital that Jacob doesn't bring Deborah home as he wishes.’
      • ‘Other views have lacked the incisiveness and the firmness of conviction that make his analysis a classic in the history of rate regulation.’
      • ‘This will not be accomplished unless good intentions are accompanied by both insight and firmness.’
      • ‘We watched him on television that night speak with sadness, firmness, and dignity.’
      • ‘When she speaks about her homeland, there is a firmness in her eyes.’
      • ‘Young people are the most vulnerable in our society and need guidance, firmness, and leadership.’
      • ‘She conducted herself with calmness and firmness, and she resolutely refused to be undermined and bullied by those around her.’
      • ‘He was said to have combined ability, firmness, and impartiality with dignity and good temper.’
      • ‘You have shown a firmness and a commitment that has been admired by our members.’
      • ‘Many of those at the funeral not only expressed sorrow at his death, but commented on his self-sacrifice and firmness.’
    3. 1.3The state of being fixed, definite, or constant.
      ‘so certain were we of the firmness of our plan’
      • ‘the continuing firmness of oil prices’
      • ‘At the hospital, a doctor prods the firmness of her sanity.’
      • ‘Some stocks kept their recent firmness, with the photo-film company rising 2.17 percent.’
      • ‘Any specific conditions you put into this clause reduce the firmness of the transaction.’
      • ‘There is a way in which historical events take on an absolute firmness that cannot be dislodged.’
      • ‘Sometimes I'll describe it as an evanescent delusion, sometimes as a centuries-old tradition established with surprising firmness.’
      • ‘Suppliers rushed in to convert the hard currency into kwacha, causing the local currency to hold firmness.’
      • ‘The leasing industry was also steady, thanks to the firmness of contracts for leasing information equipment.’
      • ‘By a combination of firmness in direction and flexibility in finding business opportunities, the cooperative is moving ahead.’
      • ‘The economy is still solid due to strong exports and continued firmness in personal consumption and corporate capital spending.’
      • ‘Its resoluteness in the face of international challenges and firmness on security dictate that the government deserves another term.’