1. the muscle tone of healthy tissue (Freq. 1)

his muscular firmness

Syn: ↑soundness
Ant: ↑unsoundness (for: ↑soundness)
Derivationally related forms: ↑sound (for: ↑soundness), ↑firm
Hypernyms: ↑strength
2. the trait of being resolute (Freq. 1)

his resoluteness carried him through the battle


it was his unshakeable resolution to finish the work

Ant: ↑irresoluteness (for: ↑resoluteness)
Derivationally related forms: ↑firm, ↑resolute (for: ↑resoluteness)
Hypernyms: ↑trait
3. the property of being unyielding to the touch
Derivationally related forms: ↑firm
Hypernyms: ↑hardness
4. the quality of being steady or securely and immovably fixed in place
Syn: ↑steadiness
Ant: ↑unsteadiness (for: ↑steadiness)
Derivationally related forms: ↑firm, ↑steady (for: ↑steadiness)
Hypernyms: ↑immovability, ↑immovableness
Hyponyms: ↑granite, ↑sureness, ↑stability, ↑stableness

Useful english dictionary. 2012.


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