NounStem (plural Stems)
- (botany) The above-ground stalk (technically axis) of a vascular plant, and certain anatomically similar, below-ground organs such as rhizomes, bulbs, tubers, and corms.
- A slender supporting member of an individual part of a plant such as a flower or a leaf; also, by analogue the shaft of a feather.
- A narrow part on certain man-made objects, such as a wine glass, a tobacco pipe, a spoon.
- (linguistics) The main part of an uninflected word to which affixes may be added to form inflections of the word. A stem often has a more fundamental root. Systematic conjugations and declensions derive from their stems.
- (typography) A vertical stroke of a letter.
- (music) A vertical stroke of a symbol representing a note in written music.
- (nautical) The vertical or nearly vertical forward extension of the keel, to which the forward ends of the planks or strakes are attached.
- To take out the stem from.
- To be caused or derived; to originate.
- The current crisis stems from the short-sighted politics of the previous government.
- To descend in a family line.
- To direct the stem (of a ship) against; to make headway against.
- (obsolete) To hit with the stem of a ship; to ram.
- 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, IV.ii:
- As when two warlike Brigandines at sea, / With murdrous weapons arm'd to cruell fight, / Doe meete together on the watry lea, / They stemme ech other with so fell despight, / That with the shocke of their owne heedlesse might, / Their wooden ribs are shaken nigh a sonder [...].
- 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, IV.ii:
- To stop, hinder (for instance, a river or blood).
- stem a tide
- (skiing) To move the feet apart and point the tips of the skis inward in order to slow down the speed or to facilitate a turn.
Adjectives for Stem
enchanted; deathless; gnarled; immovable tapering; supple; tough; knotted; fibrous apparent; sacred; insignificant; succulent climbing; nourishing; straggling; fan-edged; fruitless; slender; bending.
Verbs for Stem
clasp—; crop—; ground—; heighten—; hinge on—; level—; pivot on—; pluck from —; snip—; spring from—; sway on—; — curves; —extends; —forks; —rises; —supports ; —sustains.
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- The translations below need to be checked.
- Stem in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- Stem in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- “stem” in the Online Etymology Dictionary, Douglas Harper, 2001
- first-person singular present active subjunctive of stō
- "may I stand"
- "may I stay, may I remain"