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Meaning of STEM

Pronunciation:  stem

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a turn made in skiing; the back of one ski is forced outward and the other ski is brought parallel to it
  2. [n]  front part of a vessel or aircraft; "he pointed the bow of the boat toward the finish line"
  3. [n]  the tube of a tobacco pipe
  4. [n]  cylinder forming a long narrow part of something
  5. [n]  (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed; "thematic vowels are part of the stem"
  6. [n]  a slender or elongated structure that supports a plant or fungus or a plant part or plant organ
  7. [v]  as of the flow of a liquid flowing, such as blood from a wound
  8. [v]  grow out of, have roots in, originate in; "The increase in the national debt stems from the last war"

STEM is a 4 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: base, bow, fore, halt, prow, radical, root, root word, shank, stalk, stanch, staunch, stem turn, theme
 See Also: anchor, axis, beanstalk, bole, branch, bulb, cane, caudex, check, cladode, cladophyll, corm, culm, cutting, cylinder, filament, flower stalk, form, front, funicle, funiculus, grip, ground tackle, halm, handgrip, handle, haulm, hold, key, leafstalk, nail, originate in, petiole, phylloclad, phylloclade, pin, pipe, plant organ, receptacle, rhizome, rootstalk, rootstock, scape, signifier, slip, sporangiophore, stipe, stock, tobacco pipe, tree trunk, trunk, tube, tuber, tubing, turn, turning, vessel, watercraft, wineglass, word form



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Stem\, Steem \Steem\, v. i.
    To gleam. [Obs.]
          His head bald, that shone as any glass, . . . [And]
          stemed as a furnace of a leed [caldron]. --Chaucer.
  2. \Stem\, Steem \Steem\, n.
    A gleam of light; flame. [Obs.]
  3. \Stem\, n. [AS. stemn, stefn, st[ae]fn; akin to OS. stamn
    the stem of a ship, D. stam stem, steven stem of a ship, G.
    stamm stem, steven stem of a ship, Icel. stafn, stamn, stem
    of a ship, stofn, stomn, stem, Sw. stam a tree trunk, Dan.
    stamme. Cf. {Staff}, {Stand}.]
    1. 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.
             After they are shot up thirty feet in length, they
             spread a very large top, having no bough nor twig in
             the trunk or the stem.                --Sir W.
             The lowering spring, with lavish rain, Beats down
             the slender stem and breaded grain.   --Dryden.
    2. 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.
    3. The stock of a family; a race or generation of
       progenitors. ``All that are of noble stem.'' --Milton.
             While I do pray, learn here thy stem And true
             descent.                              --Herbert.
    4. A branch of a family.
             This is a stem Of that victorious stock. --Shak.
    5. (Naut.) 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.
    6. Fig.: An advanced or leading position; the lookout.
             Wolsey sat at the stem more than twenty years.
    7. 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.
    8. (Bot.) That part of a plant which bears leaves, or
       rudiments of leaves, whether rising above ground or wholly
    9. (Zo["o]l.)
       (a) The entire central axis of a feather.
       (b) The basal portion of the body of one of the
           Pennatulacea, or of a gorgonian.
    10. (Mus.) The short perpendicular line added to the body of
        a note; the tail of a crotchet, quaver, semiquaver, etc.
    11. (Gram.) The part of an inflected word which remains
        unchanged (except by euphonic variations) throughout a
        given inflection; theme; base.
    {From stem to stern} (Naut.), from one end of the ship to the
       other, or through the whole length.
    {Stem leaf} (Bot.), a leaf growing from the stem of a plant,
       as contrasted with a basal or radical leaf.
  4. \Stem\, v. t.
    1. 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.
    2. To ram, as clay, into a blasting hole.
  5. \Stem\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Stemmed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Stemming}.] [Either from stem, n., or akin to stammer; cf.
    G. stemmen to press against.]
    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. ``An argosy to stem the waves.'' --Shak.
          [They] stem the flood with their erected breasts.
          Stemmed the wild torrent of a barbarous age. --Pope.
  6. \Stem\, v. i.
    To move forward against an obstacle, as a vessel against a
          Stemming nightly toward the pole.        --Milton.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: The main stem or a branch of the main axial system of a plant, developed from the plumule of the embryo and typically bearing leaves.