Meaning of stem

stem

Pronunciation: (stem), [key]
— n., v., stemmed, stem•ming.
—n.
  1. the ascending axis of a plant, whether above or below ground, which ordinarily grows in an opposite direction to the root or descending axis.
  2. the stalk that supports a leaf, flower, or fruit.
  3. the main body of that portion of a tree, shrub, or other plant which is above ground; trunk; stalk.
  4. a cut flower: We bought roses at the flower market for 50¢ a stem.
  5. a petiole; peduncle; pedicel.
  6. a stalk of bananas.
  7. something resembling or suggesting a leaf or flower stalk.
  8. a long, slender part: the stem of a tobacco pipe.
  9. the slender, vertical part of a goblet, wineglass, etc., between the bowl and the base.
  10. a drinking glass having a stem.
  11. the handle of a spoon.
  12. a projection from the rim of a watch, having on its end a knob for winding the watch.
  13. the circular rod in some locks about which the key fits and rotates.
  14. the rod or spindle by which a valve is operated from outside.
  15. the stock or line of descent of a family; ancestry or pedigree.
  16. the underlying form, often consisting of a root plus an affix, to which the inflectional endings of a word are added, as tend-, the stem in Latin tendere “to stretch,” the root of which is ten-. Cf. (def. 18),(def. 5).
  17. the vertical line forming part of a note.
  18. the legs of a human being.
  19. the main or relatively thick stroke of a letter in printing.
—v.t.
  1. to remove the stem from (a leaf, fruit, etc.): Stem the cherries before cooking.
—v.i.
  1. to arise or originate: This project stems from last week's lecture.

stem

Pronunciation: (stem), [key]
— v., n. stemmed, stem•ming,
—v.t.
  1. to stop, check, or restrain.
  2. to dam up; stop the flow of (a stream, river, or the like).
  3. to tamp, plug, or make tight, as a hole or joint.
  4. to maneuver (a ski or skis) in executing a stem.
  5. to stanch (bleeding).
—v.i.
  1. to execute a stem.
—n.
  1. the act or instance of a skier pushing the heel of one or both skis outward so that the heels are far apart, as in making certain turns or slowing down.

stem

Pronunciation: (stem), [key]
— stemmed, stem•ming.
  1. to make headway against (a tide, current, gale, etc.).
  2. to make progress against (any opposition).

stem

Pronunciation: (stem), [key]
— n. Naut.
  1. (at the bow of a vessel) an upright into which the side timbers or plates are jointed.
  2. the forward part of a vessel (often opposed to stern).

stem

Pronunciation: (stem), [key]
— stemmed, stem•ming.
  1. to arrange the loading of (a merchant vessel) within a specified time.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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