What does STEM mean?

Definitions for STEMstɛm

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word STEM.

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"

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

  19. Origin: [Either from stem, n., or akin to stammer; cf. G. stemmen to press against.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Stem

    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.]

  2. Stem

    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.]


  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.

Suggested Resources

  1. STEM

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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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of STEM in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of STEM in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Superintendent Garry McCarthy:

    We must stem the flow of guns into the city.

  2. Plato:

    Ignorance, the root and the stem of every evil.

  3. Zak Walters:

    The inspiration for your pit should stem from what you want to cook.

  4. Valter Longo:

    As cells are killed and the body goes into standby, your stem cells switch on.

  5. Jenna LoGiudice:

    The infant will receive about half the iron and stem cell-rich blood that was left in the placenta.

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Translations for STEM

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • kmen, pocházetCzech
  • stævnDanish
  • Vorsteven, Notenhals, Wortstamm, Stängel, Stamm, Stiel, Vordersteven, abstammen, herrühren, hemmen, stammen, kommen, aufhaltenGerman
  • κοτσάνι, θέμα, μίσχος, σταματώGreek
  • tallo, raíz, arrancar, venir, proceder, descenderSpanish
  • ساقه, ستاکPersian
  • runko, varsi, vartalo, lehtiruoti, kukkavana, kokkapuu, jalka, kukkavarsi, steevi, vana, keulavannas, kanta, pystyviiva, periytyä, aurata, johtua, seisauttaa, polveutua, aiheutua, tyrehdyttää, olla peräisin, padotaFinnish
  • stevniFaroese
  • radical, tige, racine, étrave, découler, équeuter, arrêter, provenir, résulterFrench
  • גִּבְעוֹלHebrew
  • törzs, szótő, szár, tő, igető, származik, megakaszt, szártalanít, leállít, fékez, ered, meggátol, szárától megfoszt, elállítHungarian
  • ցողունArmenian
  • stefniIcelandic
  • prua, stelo, ceppo, asta, radicale, picciolo, tronco, peduncolo, radice, gambo, fusto, gamba, tema, discendere, derivare, arrestareItalian
  • 幹, 柄, 軸, 語幹, 茎, シュテム, 発端とする, 堰止める, ステムJapanese
  • stiebasLithuanian
  • stiebrs, stumbrsLatvian
  • tātā, tā, tōtōMāori
  • основа, дршка, страк, стебло, потекнуваMacedonian
  • stengel, forårsakeNorwegian
  • steel, stam, grondwoord, voorsteven, stengel, hinderen, stelpen, stoppenDutch
  • framstamn, stengelNorwegian Nynorsk
  • temat, rdzeń, wywodzić się, tamowaćPolish
  • raiz, caule, originar, descender, derivar, hastePortuguese
  • trunchi, peduncul, picior, coadă, tulpinăRomanian
  • ножка, стержень, цветоножка, форштевень, стебель, черенок, нос, ствол, основа, плодоножка, происходить, препятствовать, задерживать, произойти, оказывать сопротивление, отделять, противиться, тормозить плугомRussian
  • prova, stonka, koreň, steblo, pochádzať, byť zapríčinený, koreniť, byť sposobenýSlovak
  • notskaft, stäv, stjälk, stam, förstäv, ordstam, stämma, ta, hejda, härstamma, ploga, härröra, dämma, ut, hindra, härleda, stoppaSwedish
  • shinaSwahili
  • ก้าน, ก้านดอกThai

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