Definitions of stem

  1. as of the flow of a liquid flowing, such as blood from a wound
  2. ( linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed; " thematic vowels are part of the stem"
  3. cylinder forming a long narrow part of something
  4. a slender or elongated structure that supports a plant or fungus or a plant part or plant organ
  5. grow out of, have roots in, originate in; " The increase in the national debt stems from the last war"
  6. a turn made in skiing; the back of one ski is forced outward and the other ski is brought parallel to it
  7. the tube of a tobacco pipe
  8. remove the stem from; " for automatic natural language processing, the words must be stemmed"
  9. stop the flow of a liquid; " staunch the blood flow"; " them the tide"
  10. cause to point inward; " stem your skis"
  11. Alt. of Steem
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. The stock of a family; a race or generation of progenitors.
  15. A branch of a family.
  16. 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.
  17. Fig.: An advanced or leading position; the lookout.
  18. 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.
  19. That part of a plant which bears leaves, or rudiments of leaves, whether rising above ground or wholly subterranean.
  20. The entire central axis of a feather.
  21. The basal portion of the body of one of the Pennatulacea, or of a gorgonian.
  22. The short perpendicular line added to the body of a note; the tail of a crotchet, quaver, semiquaver, etc.
  23. The part of an inflected word which remains unchanged ( except by euphonic variations) throughout a given inflection; theme; base.
  24. 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.
  25. To ram, as clay, into a blasting hole.
  26. 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.
  27. To move forward against an obstacle, as a vessel against a current.
  28. 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)
  29. 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.
  30. To check; to make headway against; as, a boat stems the tide; to remove the stems from.
  31. Stemmed.
  32. Stemming.
  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. 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.
  36. Prow of a ship.
  37. To cut as with the stem; resist; make progress against.
  38. Trunk of a tree; stalk of a plant; twig bearing the flower or fruit; stock or branch of a family.
  39. To make headway against, as a current.
  40. To remove the stems from.
  41. The stock of a tree, shrub, or plant.
  42. The stalk that supports something, as the fruit, flower, or leaf of a plant.
  43. The stock of a family; lineage.
  44. A nearly upright timber or metal piece, constituting the forward member of a vessel's hull.
  45. 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.
  46. The prow of a ship; the circular piece of timber to which the two sides of a ship are united at the fore end.
  47. To oppose or resist; to stop; to check. From stem to stern, from one end of the ship to the other; throughout.
  48. 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.
  49. To put a stop to; to resist; to make progress against, as a current.
  50. The trunk of a tree; the main axis of a plant.

Usage examples for stem

  1. Stem: From 3 to 10 in. – Wild Flowers Worth Knowing by Neltje Blanchan et al
  2. Stem: 4 to 10 in. – Wild Flowers Worth Knowing by Neltje Blanchan et al
  3. 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
  4. The ship shook from stem to stern. – When London Burned by G. A. Henty
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. She put her fingers to the stem. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  9. 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
  10. The steamer's sharp steel stem was only a dozen yards away now. – Johnstone of the Border by Harold Bindloss
  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. 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
  13. Would Evelyn be strong enough to stem it and to wait also? – That Fortune by Charles Dudley Warner Last Updated: February 22, 2009
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. The stem, which was four feet in length, was held by an officer attendant on the chief. – Pioneers in Canada by Sir Harry Johnston
  17. 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
  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