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NOUN (4)

1. the muscle tone of healthy tissue;
- Example: "his muscular firmness"
[syn: firmness, soundness]

2. the trait of being resolute;
- Example: "his resoluteness carried him through the battle"
- Example: "it was his unshakeable resolution to finish the work"
[syn: resoluteness, firmness, firmness of purpose, resolve, resolution]

3. the property of being unyielding to the touch;

4. the quality of being steady or securely and immovably fixed in place;
[syn: steadiness, firmness]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Firmness \Firm"ness\, n. The state or quality of being firm. Syn: Firmness, Constancy. Usage: Firmness belongs to the will, and constancy to the affections and principles; the former prevents us from yielding, and the latter from fluctuating. Without firmness a man has no character; "without constancy," says Addison, "there is neither love, friendship, nor virtue in the world." [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

firmness n 1: the muscle tone of healthy tissue; "his muscular firmness" [syn: firmness, soundness] [ant: unsoundness] 2: the trait of being resolute; "his resoluteness carried him through the battle"; "it was his unshakeable resolution to finish the work" [syn: resoluteness, firmness, firmness of purpose, resolve, resolution] [ant: irresoluteness, irresolution] 3: the property of being unyielding to the touch 4: the quality of being steady or securely and immovably fixed in place [syn: steadiness, firmness] [ant: ricketiness, unsteadiness]