/stɛm / (say stem)

1. the ascending axis of a plant, whether above or below ground, which ordinarily grows in an opposite direction to the root or descending axis.
2. the stalk which supports a leaf, flower, or fruit.
3. the main body of that portion of a tree, shrub, or other plant which is above ground; a trunk; a stalk.
4. a petiole; a peduncle; a pedicel.
5. a stalk of bananas.
6. something resembling or suggesting the stem of a plant, flower, etc.
7. a long, slender part: the stem of a tobacco pipe.
8. the slender, upright part of a goblet, wineglass, etc.
9. the cylindrical projection on a watch, having a knob at the end for winding.
10. the circular rod of some locks about which the key fits and rotates.
11. the stock, or line of descent, of a family; ancestry or pedigree.
12. Grammar the element common to all the forms of an inflectional paradigm, or to some subset thereof, usually more than a root. Thus ten- or tan- would be the root of Latin tendere and tend- would be a stem.
13. Music the vertical line forming part of a note.
14. the main or relatively thick stroke of a letter in printing, etc.
15. Colloquial the penis.
16. Also, stemmy. Colloquial an idiot; fool.
verb (t) (stemmed, stemming)
17. to remove the stem from (a fruit, etc.).
18. stem from, to originate out of.
{Middle English; Old English stemn, related to German Stamm}
stemless, adjective
stemmer, noun
/stɛm / (say stem)

verb (stemmed, stemming)
verb (t)
1. to stop or check.
2. to dam up (a stream, etc.).
3. to tamp, plug, or make tight, as a hole or a joint.
4. to staunch (bleeding, etc.).
verb (i)
5. Skiing to perform a stem turn.
{Middle English, from Old Norse stemma}
stemless, adjective
stemmer, noun
[c]/stɛm / (say stem)

verb (t) (stemmed, stemming)
1. to make headway against (a tide, current, gale, etc.): *That reared its head from the seething waste and stemmed the rolling sea. –c.g.a. colles, n.d.
2. to make progress against (any opposition).
{verb use of stem4}
/stɛm / (say stem)

noun Nautical
1. an upright at the bow of a ship into which the side timbers or plates are jointed.
2. the forward part of a ship: from stem to stern.
{Middle English, Old English stefn, stemn prow, stern (special use of stem1)

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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  • Stem — (st[e^]m), 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • stem — [ stɛm ] n. m. VAR. stemm • 1934, 1924; mot norv. ♦ Ski Virage accompli en ouvrant le ski aval et en le rapprochant à la sortie de la courbe. ● stem ou stemm nom masculin (norvégien stemm) À ski, virage basé sur le transfert du poids du corps d… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Stem — may also refer to:* a Scanning Transmission Electron Microscope (STEM) or Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy (STEM) * STEM fields, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, collectively considered core technological underpinnings… …   Wikipedia

  • stem — stem1 [stem] n. [ME < OE stemn, stefn, akin to Ger stamm, tree trunk < IE base * stebh , post, pole > STEP, STAFF1] 1. the main upward growing axis of a plant, having nodes and bearing leaves, usually extending in a direction opposite to …   English World dictionary

  • Stem — 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. [1913 Webster] 2. To ram, as clay, into a blasting hole. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Stem — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • STEM — (sigle de « science, technology, engineering, and mathematics ») est un américanisme désignant quatre disciplines : science, technologie, ingénierie et mathématiques. En 2011, selon l’United States National Research Council et le… …   Wikipédia en Français

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  • stem — Ⅰ. stem [1] ► NOUN 1) the main body or stalk of a plant or shrub. 2) the stalk supporting a fruit, flower, or leaf. 3) a long, thin supportive or main section of something, such as that of a wine glass or tobacco pipe. 4) a rod or cylinder in a… …   English terms dictionary

  • Stem — (nl. ‚Stimme‘) steht für: eine niederländische Tageszeitung, siehe BN/De Stem die ehemalige südafrikanische Nationalhymne, siehe Die Stem van Suid Afrika STEM ist die Abkürzung für: Scanning Transmission Electron Microscope, siehe… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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