stem: Meaning and Definition of
— n., v., stemmed, stem•ming.
- the ascending axis of a plant, whether above or below ground, which ordinarily grows in an opposite direction to the root or descending axis.
- the stalk that supports a leaf, flower, or fruit.
- the main body of that portion of a tree, shrub, or other plant which is above ground; trunk; stalk.
- a cut flower: We bought roses at the flower market for 50¢ a stem.
- a petiole; peduncle; pedicel.
- a stalk of bananas.
- something resembling or suggesting a leaf or flower stalk.
- a long, slender part: the stem of a tobacco pipe.
- the slender, vertical part of a goblet, wineglass, etc., between the bowl and the base.
- a drinking glass having a stem.
- the handle of a spoon.
- a projection from the rim of a watch, having on its end a knob for winding the watch.
- the circular rod in some locks about which the key fits and rotates.
- the rod or spindle by which a valve is operated from outside.
- the stock or line of descent of a family; ancestry or pedigree.
- 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).
- the vertical line forming part of a note.
- the legs of a human being.
- the main or relatively thick stroke of a letter in printing.
- to remove the stem from (a leaf, fruit, etc.): Stem the cherries before cooking.
- to arise or originate: This project stems from last week's lecture.
— v., n. stemmed, stem•ming,
- to stop, check, or restrain.
- to dam up; stop the flow of (a stream, river, or the like).
- to tamp, plug, or make tight, as a hole or joint.
- to maneuver (a ski or skis) in executing a stem.
- to stanch (bleeding).
- to execute a stem.
- 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.
— stemmed, stem•ming.
- to make headway against (a tide, current, gale, etc.).
- to make progress against (any opposition).
— n. Naut.
- (at the bow of a vessel) an upright into which the side timbers or plates are jointed.
- the forward part of a vessel (often opposed to stern).
— stemmed, stem•ming.
- to arrange the loading of (a merchant vessel) within a specified time.
- stem (Thesaurus)
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