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Definitions of stem

  1.   grow out of, have roots in, originate in; " The increase in the national debt stems from the last war"
  2.   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.
  3.   To ram, as clay, into a blasting hole.
  4.   A branch of a family.
  5.   To make headway against, as a current.
  6.   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.
  7.   The stalk that supports something, as the fruit, flower, or leaf of a plant.
  8.   The stock of a family; a race or generation of progenitors.
  9.   A little branch which connects a fruit, flower, or leaf with a main branch; a peduncle, pedicel, or petiole; as, the stem of an apple or a cherry.
  10.   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.
  11.   Fig.: An advanced or leading position; the lookout.
  12.   front part of a vessel or aircraft; " he pointed the bow of the boat toward the finish line"
  13.   To put a stop to; to resist; to make progress against, as a current.
  14.   cylinder forming a long narrow part of something
  15.   The prow of a ship: a curved piece of timber at the prow to which the two sides of a ship are united.
  16.   as of the flow of a liquid flowing, such as blood from a wound
  17.   To remove the stems from.
  18.   The stock of a tree, shrub, or plant.
  19.   The trunk of a tree; the main axis of a plant.
  20.   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.
  21.   The part of an inflected word which remains unchanged ( except by euphonic variations) throughout a given inflection; theme; base.
  22.   The entire central axis of a feather.
  23.   A type of electron microscopy which scans with an extremely narrow beam that is transmitted through the sample. The detection apparatus produces an image whose brightness depends on the atomic number of the sample. It should not be confused with MICROSCOPY, ELECTRON SCANNING nor with MICROSCOPY, ELECTRON, TRANSMISSION ( see MICROSCOPY, ELECTRON). ( McGraw- Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms, 3d ed)
  24.   The short perpendicular line added to the body of a note; the tail of a crotchet, quaver, semiquaver, etc.
  25.   stop the flow of a liquid; " staunch the blood flow"; " them the tide"
  26.   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.
  27.   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.
  28.   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.
  29.   remove the stem from; " for automatic natural language processing, the words must be stemmed"
  30.   Alt. of Steem
  31.   Stemming.
  32.   a turn made in skiing; the back of one ski is forced outward and the other ski is brought parallel to it
  33.   A nearly upright timber or metal piece, constituting the forward member of a vessel's hull.
  34.   Trunk of a tree; stalk of a plant; twig bearing the flower or fruit; stock or branch of a family.
  35.   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.
  36.   the tube of a tobacco pipe
  37.   The body of a tree or plant from which the branches or offshoots grow; the stalk; the stock of a family; race; progeny; in music, the line joined to the body of a note.
  38.   The prow of a ship; the circular piece of timber to which the two sides of a ship are united at the fore end.
  39.   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.
  40.   To oppose or resist; to stop; to check. From stem to stern, from one end of the ship to the other; throughout.
  41.   The stock of a family; lineage.
  42.   The basal portion of the body of one of the Pennatulacea, or of a gorgonian.
  43.   ( linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed; " thematic vowels are part of the stem"
  44.   To cut as with the stem; resist; make progress against.
  45.   Stemmed.
  46.   To move forward against an obstacle, as a vessel against a current.
  47.   a slender or elongated structure that supports a plant or fungus or a plant part or plant organ
  48.   cause to point inward; " stem your skis"
  49.   Prow of a ship.
  50.   To check; to make headway against; as, a boat stems the tide; to remove the stems from.
  51.   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.
  52.   That part of a plant which bears leaves, or rudiments of leaves, whether rising above ground or wholly subterranean.

Quotes of stem

  1. Stem cell research holds out the promise of finding cures and treatments for a wide range of diseases. – Tom Allen
  2. There are lots of other issues in policy including the stem cell issue. – David Baltimore
  3. Britain should be the world's number one center for genetic and stem cell research, building on our world leading regulatory regime in the area. – Gordon Brown
  4. Love thou the rose, yet leave it on its stem – Robert Bulwer-Lytton
  5. We know that in 2001 it was believed 78 stem cell lines existed. But now we know there are only 22 that are viable, and they have been contaminated with mouse stem cells. – Russ Carnahan
  6. If people think that you're throwing babies out, dissecting children, to do stem -cell research, I'm not for that. – Elizabeth Edwards
  7. I think it's like music for the sake of music, and a lot of the words stem from liking music a lot, wanting to be a good band and having a good sense of humour, and living in a situation where we're free to pretty much do what we want. – Jon Fishman
  8. There is an abundance of misinformation, exaggeration, and blatant lies being spread by interest groups regarding the prospects for embryonic stem cell research. – Virginia Foxx
  9. In a prime -time address, President Bush said he backed limited federal funding for stem cell research. That's right, the President said, this is a quote, the research could help cure brain diseases like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and whatever it is I have. – Conan O'Brien
  10. Sadly, embryonic stem cell research is completely legal in this country and has been going on at universities and research facilities for years. – Mike Pence
  11. To date, embryonic stem cell research has not produced a single medical treatment, where ethical, adult stem cell research has produced some 67 medical miracles. – Mike Pence
  12. I am in favor of stem -cell research. I am not in favor of creating new human embryos through cloning. – Mitt Romney
  13. Once the return tide starts, it will be impossible to stem it, and it will prove our undoing. – Moshe Sharett
  14. There is only one issue: man's lack of experience in feeling his Divine self and his innate connection with the Divine. All other issues stem from this. – Lindsay Wagner

Usage examples for stem

  1. She put her fingers to the stem – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  2. The stem which was four feet in length, was held by an officer attendant on the chief. ” – Pioneers in Canada by Sir Harry Johnston
  3. Cut down a thousand times, the ancient stem has always sent new branches forth. ” – Outlines of a Philosophy of Religion based on Psychology and History by Auguste Sabatier
  4. He was so timid he scarcely dared enter, but stood still, holding a tall white rose- tree in his arms, a magnificent plant with a stem that reached to his face and entangled the flowers in his beard. ” – L'Assommoir by Emile Zola
  5. The only incident that struck Mr Crome was this: they were in sight of the ash- tree which I described as growing near the windows of the building, when Sir Matthew stopped and said: 'What is that that runs up and down the stem of the ash? ” – Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James
  6. “ I soon came opposite the stem of the big ship, where I paused and looked up. ” – The Boy Tar by Mayne Reid
  7. The steamer's sharp steel stem was only a dozen yards away now. ” – Johnstone of the Border by Harold Bindloss
  8. “ I sat staring at it even when the boat's stem took the beach gently, and it was Farrell who first crawled over her side to land. ” – Foe-Farrell by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  9. As I have not as yet acquired the art of smoking, I adopted the plan of taking hold of the long stem which is over a yard in length, by the middle. ” – By Canoe and Dog-Train by Egerton Ryerson Young
  10. The stranger attempted, once or twice, to stem the torrent of words, but in vain, so he bowed his head and suffered it to flow on. ” – Humorous Ghost Stories by Dorothy Scarborough
  11. “ " Try an' laugh out loud, sir," muttered old Bill, as he snapped off the arrow stem and Gordon winced involuntarily. ” – Gold Out of Celebes by Aylward Edward Dingle
  12. Miss Theodosia lifted a hand to stem the tide of Mrs. Andrew's words. ” – Miss Theodosia's Heartstrings by Annie Hamilton Donnell
  13. The ship shook from stem to stern. ” – When London Burned by G. A. Henty
  14. Stem 4 to 10 in. ” – Wild Flowers Worth Knowing by Neltje Blanchan et al
  15. Stem From 3 to 10 in. ” – Wild Flowers Worth Knowing by Neltje Blanchan et al
  16. If Jane, to quote Doctor John, looked like a lily swaying on a slender stem Lucy, when she bounded into the room to- night, was a full- blown rose tossed by a summer breeze. ” – The Tides of Barnegat by F. Hopkinson Smith
  17. Then her mother bade her bathe on one side of the stem dry herself on another, and dress on the third. ” – The Red Fairy Book by Various
  18. He forms his schemes the flood of vice to stem But faith in Jesus has no part in them. ” – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  19. Would Evelyn be strong enough to stem it and to wait also? ” – That Fortune by Charles Dudley Warner Last Updated: February 22, 2009
  20. She has shifted her course in answer to our increased speed, and instead of being stem on, you can now see almost the length of her broadside. ” – The Golden Rock by Ernest Glanville

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