Definitions of stem

  1. To make headway against, as a current.
  2. To check; to make headway against; as, a boat stems the tide; to remove the stems from.
  3. To cut, as with the stem: to resist or make progress against: to stop, to check:- pr. p. stemming; pa. t. and pa. p. stemmed.
  4. To cut as with the stem; resist; make progress against.
  5. To remove the stems from.
  6. as of the flow of a liquid flowing, such as blood from a wound
  7. remove the stem from; " for automatic natural language processing, the words must be stemmed"
  8. cause to point inward; " stem your skis"
  9. Alt. of Steem
  10. The principal body of a tree, shrub, or plant, of any kind; the main stock; the part which supports the branches or the head or top.
  11. The stock of a family; a race or generation of progenitors.
  12. A branch of a family.
  13. A curved piece of timber to which the two sides of a ship are united at the fore end. The lower end of it is scarfed to the keel, and the bowsprit rests upon its upper end. Hence, the forward part of a vessel; the bow.
  14. Fig.: An advanced or leading position; the lookout.
  15. Anything resembling a stem or stalk; as, the stem of a tobacco pipe; the stem of a watch case, or that part to which the ring, by which it is suspended, is attached.
  16. That part of a plant which bears leaves, or rudiments of leaves, whether rising above ground or wholly subterranean.
  17. The entire central axis of a feather.
  18. The basal portion of the body of one of the Pennatulacea, or of a gorgonian.
  19. The short perpendicular line added to the body of a note; the tail of a crotchet, quaver, semiquaver, etc.
  20. The part of an inflected word which remains unchanged ( except by euphonic variations) throughout a given inflection; theme; base.
  21. To remove the stem or stems from; as, to stem cherries; to remove the stem and its appendages ( ribs and veins) from; as, to stem tobacco leaves.
  22. To ram, as clay, into a blasting hole.
  23. To oppose or cut with, or as with, the stem of a vessel; to resist, or make progress against; to stop or check the flow of, as a current.
  24. To move forward against an obstacle, as a vessel against a current.
  25. To oppose or resist; to stop; to check. From stem to stern, from one end of the ship to the other; throughout.
  26. To put a stop to; to resist; to make progress against, as a current.
  27. Stemming.
  28. ( linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed; " thematic vowels are part of the stem"
  29. a slender or elongated structure that supports a plant or fungus or a plant part or plant organ
  30. a turn made in skiing; the back of one ski is forced outward and the other ski is brought parallel to it
  31. the tube of a tobacco pipe
  32. The principal stalk or trunk of a tree or plant; the slender stalk that bears the leaves, fruit, etc.; any slender support, handle, etc., resembling the stem of a plant; as, the stem of a goblet; the part of a vessel's structure to which the sides are fastened at the bow; the prow; the part of an inflected word that does not change.
  33. The part of a tree between the ground and the branches: the little branch supporting the flower or fruit: a race or family: branch of a family.
  34. The prow of a ship: a curved piece of timber at the prow to which the two sides of a ship are united.
  35. Prow of a ship.
  36. Trunk of a tree; stalk of a plant; twig bearing the flower or fruit; stock or branch of a family.
  37. The stock of a tree, shrub, or plant.
  38. The stalk that supports something, as the fruit, flower, or leaf of a plant.
  39. The stock of a family; lineage.
  40. A nearly upright timber or metal piece, constituting the forward member of a vessel's hull.
  41. The principal body of a tree, shrub or plant of any kind; the peduncle of a flower; the stock of a family; branch of a family.
  42. The prow of a ship; the circular piece of timber to which the two sides of a ship are united at the fore end.
  43. The strong curved timber to which the two sides of a ship are united in front, the whole having a wedge- like appearance; the prow; from stem to stern, from the front to the back of a ship.
  44. The trunk of a tree; the main axis of a plant.
  45. Stemmed.