Definition of Stem

1. Noun. (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed. "Thematic vowels are part of the stem"

Exact synonyms: Base, Radical, Root, Root Word, Theme
Category relationships: Linguistics
Generic synonyms: Descriptor, Form, Signifier, Word Form

2. Verb. Grow out of, have roots in, originate in. "The increase in the national debt stems from the last war"
Generic synonyms: Originate In

3. Noun. A slender or elongated structure that supports a plant or fungus or a plant part or plant organ.

4. Verb. Cause to point inward. "Stem your skis"
Generic synonyms: Orient

5. Noun. Cylinder forming a long narrow part of something.
Exact synonyms: Shank
Group relationships: Anchor, Ground Tackle, Grip, Handgrip, Handle, Hold, Key, Nail, Pin, Wineglass
Generic synonyms: Cylinder

6. Verb. Stop the flow of a liquid. "Stem the tide"
Exact synonyms: Halt, Stanch, Staunch
Generic synonyms: Check
Derivative terms: Halt

7. Noun. The tube of a tobacco pipe.
Group relationships: Pipe, Tobacco Pipe
Generic synonyms: Tube, Tubing

8. Verb. Remove the stem from. "For automatic natural language processing, the words must be stemmed"
Generic synonyms: Remove, Take, Take Away, Withdraw
Derivative terms: Stemmer

9. Noun. Front part of a vessel or aircraft. "He pointed the bow of the boat toward the finish line"
Exact synonyms: Bow, Fore, Prow
Generic synonyms: Front
Group relationships: Vessel, Watercraft

10. Noun. A turn made in skiing; the back of one ski is forced outward and the other ski is brought parallel to it.
Exact synonyms: Stem Turn
Generic synonyms: Turn, Turning

Definition of Stem

1. v. i. To gleam.

2. n. A gleam of light; flame.

3. n. 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. v. t. 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.

5. v. t. 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.

6. v. i. To move forward against an obstacle, as a vessel against a current.

Definition of Stem

1. Acronym. scanning transmission electron microscope ¹

2. Acronym. science, technology, engineering and mathematics ¹

3. Noun. (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. ¹

4. Noun. 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. ¹

5. Noun. A narrow part on certain man-made objects, such as a wine glass, a tobacco pipe, a spoon. ¹

6. Noun. (linguistic morphology) 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. ¹

7. Noun. (typography) A vertical stroke of a letter. ¹

8. Noun. (music) A vertical stroke of a symbol representing a note in written music. ¹

9. Noun. (nautical) The vertical or nearly vertical forward extension of the keel, to which the forward ends of the planks or strakes are attached. ¹

10. Verb. To take out the stem from. ¹

11. Verb. To be caused or derived; to originate. ¹

12. Verb. To descend in a family line. ¹

13. Verb. To direct the stem (of a ship) against; to make headway against. ¹

14. Verb. (obsolete) To hit with the stem of a ship; to ram. ¹

15. Verb. To stop, hinder (for instance, a river or blood). ¹

16. Verb. (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. ¹

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Definition of Stem

1. to remove stems (ascending axes of a plant) from [v STEMMED, STEMMING, STEMS]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Stem

stem (current term)
stem-cell research
stem and leaf
stem blight
stem canker
stem cell
stem cells
stem family
stem ginger
stem lettuce
stem node

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