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stems

7 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Stem \Stem\, Steem \Steem\, noun A gleam of light; flame. [Obs.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Stem \Stem\ (st[e^]m), noun [AS. stemn, stefn, staefn; 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. Raleigh.

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. --Fuller.

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 subterranean.

9. (Zool.) (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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Stem \Stem\, Steem \Steem\, verb (used without an object) To gleam. [Obs.]

His head bald, that shone as any glass, . . . [And] stemed as a furnace of a leed [caldron]. --Chaucer. Stem

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Stem \Stem\, verb (used without an object) To move forward against an obstacle, as a vessel against a current.

Stemming nightly toward the pole. --Milton.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Stem \Stem\, verb (used with an object)

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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Stem \Stem\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Stemmed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Stemming}.] [Either from stem, noun, 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. --Denham.

Stemmed the wild torrent of a barbarous age. --Pope.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

stem

noun

1: (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed; "thematic vowels are part of the stem" [syn: {root}, {root word}, {base}, {stem}, {theme}, {radical}]

2: a slender or elongated structure that supports a plant or fungus or a plant part or plant organ [syn: {stalk}, {stem}]

3: cylinder forming a long narrow part of something [syn: {shank}, {stem}]

4: the tube of a tobacco pipe

5: front part of a vessel or aircraft; "he pointed the bow of the boat toward the finish line" [syn: {bow}, {fore}, {prow}, {stem}]

6: a turn made in skiing; the back of one ski is forced outward and the other ski is brought parallel to it [syn: {stem turn}, {stem}]

verb

1: grow out of, have roots in, originate in; "The increase in the national debt stems from the last war"

2: cause to point inward; "stem your skis"

3: stop the flow of a liquid; "staunch the blood flow"; "stem the tide" [syn: {stem}, {stanch}, {staunch}, {halt}]

4: remove the stem from; "for automatic natural language processing, the words must be stemmed"

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