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Stem meaning

stem - 22 dictionary results

  1. 1. remove the stem from; " for automatic natural language processing, the words must be stemmed"
  2. 2. stop the flow of a liquid; " staunch the blood flow"; " them the tide"
  3. 3. cause to point inward; " stem your skis"
  4. 4. Alt. of Steem
  5. 5. 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.
  6. 6. 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.
  7. 7. The stock of a family; a race or generation of progenitors.
  8. 8. A branch of a family.
  9. 9. 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.
  10. 10. Fig.: An advanced or leading position; the lookout.
  11. 11. 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.
  12. 12. That part of a plant which bears leaves, or rudiments of leaves, whether rising above ground or wholly subterranean.
  13. 13. The entire central axis of a feather.
  14. 14. The basal portion of the body of one of the Pennatulacea, or of a gorgonian.
  15. 15. The short perpendicular line added to the body of a note; the tail of a crotchet, quaver, semiquaver, etc.
  16. 16. The part of an inflected word which remains unchanged ( except by euphonic variations) throughout a given inflection; theme; base.
  17. 17. 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.
  18. 18. 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.
  19. 19. To move forward against an obstacle, as a vessel against a current.
  20. 20. Prow of a ship.
  21. 21. To cut as with the stem; resist; make progress against.
  22. 22. Trunk of a tree; stalk of a plant; twig bearing the flower or fruit; stock or branch of a family.

stem - examples of usage

  1. At this point the main stem was still thick enough to take the shock that in a minute he would give it. - "The Devil's Garden", W. B. Maxwell.
  2. From the top of the ladder he got upon a branch, and, putting his arms about the stem, began to climb. - "The Devil's Garden", W. B. Maxwell.
  3. Dr. Van de Vliet's stem cell clinical trials. - "Syndrome", Thomas Hoover.
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