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1stem

noun \ˈstem\

Definition of STEM

1
a :  the main trunk of a plant; specifically :  a primary plant axis that develops buds and shoots instead of roots
b :  a plant part (as a branch, petiole, or stipe) that supports another (as a leaf or fruit)
c :  the complete fruiting stalk of a banana plant with its bananas
2
a :  the main upright member at the bow of a ship
b :  the bow or prow of a ship — compare stern
3
:  a line of ancestry :  stock; especially :  a fundamental line from which others have arisen
4
:  the part of an inflected word that remains after the inflected part is removed <strength is the stem of strengths>; also :  root 6
5
:  something held to resemble a plant stem: as
a :  a main or heavy stroke of a letter
b :  the short perpendicular line extending from the head of a musical note
c :  the part of a tobacco pipe from the bowl outward
d :  the cylindrical support of a piece of stemware (as a goblet)
e :  a shaft of a watch used for winding
from stem to stern

Origin of STEM

Middle English, from Old English stefn, stemn stem of a plant or ship; akin to Old High German stam plant stem and probably to Greek stamnos wine jar, histanai to set — more at stand
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Botany Terms

annual, burgeon, chloroplast, nomenclature, succulent, sylvan, xylem

Rhymes with STEM

2stem

transitive verb
stemmedstem·ming

Definition of STEM

1
:  to make headway against (as an adverse tide, current, or wind)
2
:  to check or go counter to (something adverse)
stem·mer noun

Origin of STEM

Middle English (Scots) stemmen to keep a course, from 1stem (of a ship)
First Known Use: 1593

3stem

verb
stemmedstem·ming

Definition of STEM

transitive verb
1
:  to remove the stem from
2
:  to make stems for (as artificial flowers)
intransitive verb
:  to occur or develop as a consequence :  have or trace an origin <her success stems from hard work>
stem·mer noun

Origin of STEM

1stem (of a plant)
First Known Use: 1724

4stem

verb
stemmedstem·ming

Definition of STEM

transitive verb
1
a :  to stop or dam up (as a river)
b :  to stop or check by or as if by damming; especially :  stanch <stem a flow of blood>
2
:  to turn (a ski) in stemming
intransitive verb
1
:  to restrain or check oneself; also :  to become checked or stanched
2
:  to slide the heel of one ski or of both skis outward usually in making or preparing to make a turn

Origin of STEM

Middle English stemmen to dam up, from Old Norse stemma; akin to Middle High German stemmen to dam up and probably to Lithuanian stumti to shove
First Known Use: 14th century

5stem

noun

Definition of STEM

1
:  check, dam
2
:  an act or instance of stemming on skis

First Known Use of STEM

1700

STEM

abbreviation

Definition of STEM

science, technology, engineering, and mathematics

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