Synonyms of stem


1. root, root word, base, stem, theme, radical, form, word form, signifier, descriptor

usage: (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed; "thematic vowels are part of the stem"

2. stalk, stem, plant organ

usage: a slender or elongated structure that supports a plant or fungus or a plant part or plant organ

3. shank, stem, cylinder

usage: cylinder forming a long narrow part of something

4. stem, tube, tubing

usage: the tube of a tobacco pipe

5. bow, fore, prow, stem, front

usage: front part of a vessel or aircraft; "he pointed the bow of the boat toward the finish line"

6. stem turn, stem, turn, turning

usage: a turn made in skiing; the back of one ski is forced outward and the other ski is brought parallel to it


1. stem, originate in

usage: grow out of, have roots in, originate in; "The increase in the national debt stems from the last war"

2. stem, orient

usage: cause to point inward; "stem your skis"

3. stem, stanch, staunch, halt, check

usage: stop the flow of a liquid; "staunch the blood flow"; "stem the tide"

4. stem, remove, take, take away, withdraw

usage: remove the stem from; "for automatic natural language processing, the words must be stemmed"

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