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Definitions of stem

  1. front part of a vessel or aircraft; "he pointed the bow of the boat toward the finish line" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. as of the flow of a liquid flowing, such as blood from a wound Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed; "thematic vowels are part of the stem" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. cylinder forming a long narrow part of something Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. a slender or elongated structure that supports a plant or fungus or a plant part or plant organ Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. grow out of, have roots in, originate in; "The increase in the national debt stems from the last war" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. a turn made in skiing; the back of one ski is forced outward and the other ski is brought parallel to it Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. the tube of a tobacco pipe Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. remove the stem from; "for automatic natural language processing, the words must be stemmed" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  10. stop the flow of a liquid; "staunch the blood flow"; "them the tide" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  11. cause to point inward; "stem your skis" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  12. Alt. of Steem Newage Dictionary DB
  13. 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. Newage Dictionary DB
  14. 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. Newage Dictionary DB
  15. The stock of a family; a race or generation of progenitors. Newage Dictionary DB
  16. A branch of a family. Newage Dictionary DB
  17. 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. Newage Dictionary DB
  18. Fig.: An advanced or leading position; the lookout. Newage Dictionary DB
  19. 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. Newage Dictionary DB
  20. That part of a plant which bears leaves, or rudiments of leaves, whether rising above ground or wholly subterranean. Newage Dictionary DB
  21. The entire central axis of a feather. Newage Dictionary DB
  22. The basal portion of the body of one of the Pennatulacea, or of a gorgonian. Newage Dictionary DB
  23. The short perpendicular line added to the body of a note; the tail of a crotchet, quaver, semiquaver, etc. Newage Dictionary DB
  24. The part of an inflected word which remains unchanged (except by euphonic variations) throughout a given inflection; theme; base. Newage Dictionary DB
  25. 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. Newage Dictionary DB
  26. To ram, as clay, into a blasting hole. Newage Dictionary DB
  27. 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. Newage Dictionary DB
  28. To move forward against an obstacle, as a vessel against a current. Newage Dictionary DB
  29. 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) Medical Dictionary DB
  30. 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. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  31. To check; to make headway against; as, a boat stems the tide; to remove the stems from. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  32. Stemmed. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  33. Stemming. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  34. 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. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  35. The prow of a ship: a curved piece of timber at the prow to which the two sides of a ship are united. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  36. 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. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  37. Prow of a ship. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  38. To cut as with the stem; resist; make progress against. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  39. Trunk of a tree; stalk of a plant; twig bearing the flower or fruit; stock or branch of a family. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  40. To make headway against, as a current. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  41. To remove the stems from. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  42. The stock of a tree, shrub, or plant. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  43. The stalk that supports something, as the fruit, flower, or leaf of a plant. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  44. The stock of a family; lineage. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  45. A nearly upright timber or metal piece, constituting the forward member of a vessel's hull. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  46. 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. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  47. The prow of a ship; the circular piece of timber to which the two sides of a ship are united at the fore end. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  48. To oppose or resist; to stop; to check. From stem to stern, from one end of the ship to the other; throughout. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  49. 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. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  50. 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. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  51. To put a stop to; to resist; to make progress against, as a current. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  52. The trunk of a tree; the main axis of a plant. A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.
  53. [Anglo-Saxon] The trunk of a tree; the main axis of a plant. na
  54. stem, n. the ascending axis of a plant, which usually bears leaves and flowers, and maintains communication between the roots and the leaves: the little branch supporting the flower or fruit: a race or family: branch of a family.--n. STEM'-LEAF, a leaf growing from the stem.--adj. STEM'LESS (bot.), wanting a stem, or having it so little developed as to seem to be wanting.--ns. STEM'LET, a little or young stem; STEM'MA, a pedigree or family tree: an ocellus.--adjs. STEM'MATOUS; STEMMED. [A.S. stæfn, stefn, stemn, from stæf, a staff; Ger. stab.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  55. stem, n. the prow of a ship: a curved piece of timber at the prow to which the two sides of a ship are united.--v.t. to cut, as with the stem: to resist or make progress against: to stop, to check:--pr.p. stem'ming; pa.t. and pa.p. stemmed.--FROM STEM TO STERN, from one end of a vessel to the other: completely, throughout. [Same word as above.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  56. Main body or stalk (usu. rising into light& air but sometimes subterranean) of tree, shrub, or plant; slender stalk supporting fruit, flower, or leaf, & attaching it to main stalk or branch or twig; s.-shaped part, e.g. slender part of wine-glass between body& foot, vertical line rising or falling from head of note in music, various winding-parts of watch (s.-winder, watch wound by turning head on end of s., not by key), tubular part of tobacco-pipe; part of noun, verb, &c., (derived from& sometimes identified with a root) to which case-endings &c. are added, part that appears or would originally appear unchanged throughout the cases of a noun, persons of a tense, &c.; lines of ancestry, branch of family, as descended from an ancient, a collateral, s.; carved timber or metal piece to which ship\'s sides are joined at fore end, piece joined to& forming upright continuation of keel at fore end, as from s. to stern, from end to end; false s., sharp-edged piece in front of s. serving as cutwater; (v.t.) remove s. of (esp. tobacco, whence stemmer (1) n.). Hence stemless, (-)stemmed, aa., stemlet n. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  57. Check, dam up, (stream &c., lit. & fig.); make headway against (tide, current, &c., lit. & fig.). [old Norse] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  58. A stalk; any stalklike structure or formation. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  59. n. [Anglo-Saxon, German] The principal body of a tree, shrub, or plant of any kind; - a little branch which connects a fruit or flower with a lain branch any thing resembling a stem ; tube ; stalk ;-the stock of a family ;-a descendant ; progeny. [Anglo-Saxon, Icelandic] A curved piece of timber to which the two sides of a ship are united at the fore end ; - the forward part of a vessel ;- the leading position; the look-out ; - in music, the short perpendicular line added to the body of a note. Cabinet Dictionary

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