What does the word hem mean?

Usage examples for hem

  1. The civilization of New York may and does hem in a desolation as fearful in kind as that of Jerusalem, and involves sufferings as keen, and wakes up instincts as fiercely selfish. – Humanity in the City by E. H. Chapin
  2. Wolfgar knelt before her, gazed for one instant into her eyes, and then with head bowed, brushed the hem of her robe to his face. – Tarrano the Conqueror by Raymond King Cummings