Definitions for STEMstɛm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

stemstɛm(n.; v.)stemmed, stem•ming.

  1. (n.)the ascending axis of a plant, whether above or below ground, which ordinarily grows in an opposite direction to the root.

    Category: Botany

  2. the stalk that supports a leaf, flower, or fruit.

    Category: Botany

  3. a stalk of bananas.

    Category: Botany

  4. something resembling or suggesting a leaf or flower stalk.

  5. a long, slender part:

    the stem of a tobacco pipe.

  6. the slender, vertical part of a goblet, wineglass, etc., between the bowl and the base.

  7. a projection from the rim of a watch, having on its end a knob for winding the watch.

    Category: Horology

  8. the circular rod in some locks about which the key fits and rotates.

    Category: Building Trades

  9. the stock or line of descent of a family, esp. its original ancestry.

  10. the underlying form of a word, consisting of a root alone or a root plus an affix, to which inflectional endings may be added.

    Category: Grammar

  11. the vertical line forming part of a musical note.

    Category: Music and Dance

  12. the main or relatively thick stroke of a letter in printing.

  13. (v.t.)to remove the stem from (a leaf, fruit, etc.).

  14. (v.i.)to arise or originate (usu. fol. by from).

Origin of stem:

bef. 900; (n.) ME; OE stemn, stefn, akin to MD, MLG, OHG stam stem, OS, ON stamn stem3


stemstɛm(v.; n.)stemmed, stem•ming

  1. (v.t.)to stop, check, or restrain.

  2. to dam up; stop the flow of (a stream, river, or the like).

    Category: Civil Engineering

  3. to tamp, plug, or make tight, as a hole or joint.

    Category: Building Trades

  4. to maneuver (a ski or skis) in executing a stem.

    Category: Sport

  5. to stanch (bleeding).

  6. (v.i.)to execute a stem.

    Category: Sport

  7. (n.)an act or instance whereby a skier pushes the heel of one or both skis outward, as in making certain turns or to slow down.

    Category: Sport

Origin of stem:

1400–50; late ME stemmen < ON stemma to dam

stemstɛm(n.; v.)stemmed, stem•ming.

  1. (n.)(at the bow of a vessel) an upright into which the side timbers or plates are jointed.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  2. the forward part of a vessel

    Category: Nautical, Navy

    Ref: (often opposed to stern 1 2 )

  3. (v.t.)to make headway against (a tide, current, gale, etc.).

    Category: Navy

  4. to make progress against (any opposition).

Origin of stem:

bef. 900; continuing OE stefn, stemn (see stem1); ME stampne, stamyn(e) appar. < the c. ON stamn, stafn

Princeton's WordNet

  1. root, root word, base, stem, theme, radical(noun)

    (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed

    "thematic vowels are part of the stem"

  2. stalk, stem(noun)

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

  3. shank, stem(noun)

    cylinder forming a long narrow part of something

  4. stem(noun)

    the tube of a tobacco pipe

  5. bow, fore, prow, stem(noun)

    front part of a vessel or aircraft

    "he pointed the bow of the boat toward the finish line"

  6. stem turn, stem(verb)

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

  7. stem(verb)

    grow out of, have roots in, originate in

    "The increase in the national debt stems from the last war"

  8. stem(verb)

    cause to point inward

    "stem your skis"

  9. stem, stanch, staunch, halt(verb)

    stop the flow of a liquid

    "staunch the blood flow"; "stem the tide"

  10. stem(verb)

    remove the stem from

    "for automatic natural language processing, the words must be stemmed"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. stem(noun)ɛm

    the part of a plant from which leaves and flowers grow

Webster Dictionary

  1. Stem(verb)

    alt. of Steem

  2. Stem(noun)

    alt. of Steem

  3. Stem(noun)

    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

  4. Stem(noun)

    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

  5. Stem(noun)

    the stock of a family; a race or generation of progenitors

  6. Stem(noun)

    a branch of a family

  7. Stem(noun)

    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

  8. Stem(noun)

    fig.: An advanced or leading position; the lookout

  9. Stem(noun)

    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

  10. Stem(noun)

    that part of a plant which bears leaves, or rudiments of leaves, whether rising above ground or wholly subterranean

  11. Stem(noun)

    the entire central axis of a feather

  12. Stem(noun)

    the basal portion of the body of one of the Pennatulacea, or of a gorgonian

  13. Stem(noun)

    the short perpendicular line added to the body of a note; the tail of a crotchet, quaver, semiquaver, etc

  14. Stem(noun)

    the part of an inflected word which remains unchanged (except by euphonic variations) throughout a given inflection; theme; base

  15. Stem(verb)

    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

  16. Stem(verb)

    to ram, as clay, into a blasting hole

  17. Stem(verb)

    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

  18. Stem(verb)

    to move forward against an obstacle, as a vessel against a current


  1. Stem

    The stem is the component on a bicycle that connects the handlebars to the steerer tube of the bicycle fork. Sometimes called a goose neck, a stem's design belongs to either a quill or threadless system, and each system is compatible with respective headset and fork designs: ⁕Quill: the stem inserts into the steerer tube which is threaded and which does not extend above the headset. ⁕Threadless: the stem clamps around the steerer tube which is not threaded and which extends above the headset.


  1. Stem

    Stem, Inc. (fka Powergetics), a San Francisco-based developer of an integrated cloud energy optimization solution. Led by Brian Thompson, Founder and CEO, Stem is developing a new service which leverages real time data, cloud-based predictive analytics, state of the art energy storage, and value added services to help businesses optimize their energy use.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'STEM' in Nouns Frequency: #2429

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'STEM' in Verbs Frequency: #897

Translations for STEM

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the part of a plant that grows upward from the root, or the part from which a leaf, flower or fruit grows; a stalk

Poppies have long, hairy, twisting stems.

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