main stem


Definition of main stem

: a main trunk or channel: such as
a : the main course of a river or stream
b : the main street of a city or town

Examples of main stem in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Suckers grow in the intersection between the main stem and main leaf branches. Megan Hughes, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 June 2022 Because of levees built to contain its flow, the Rio Grande now courses mostly through a narrow channel, rather than expanding broadly across the landscape, which disconnects the main stem from its many side channels. Jim Robbins, Wired, 25 June 2022 Prune one branch or stem at a time, down to the ground or to a place where a branch is connected to a main stem., 17 Apr. 2022 Deer Creek, Gasheys Run, Swan Creek, Octoraro Creek and the main stem of the Susquehanna itself. Scott Dance,, 17 Nov. 2021 The main stem Tuolumne, and Cherry Creek upstream, are guaranteed good flows for rafting water seven days per week through Labor Day. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, 29 July 2021 The main stem of the Skeena, the Sustut, the Bulkley. Monte Burke, Forbes, 24 May 2021 Just west of Toquerville on State Road 17, the 115-acre lake would be impounded behind a 100-foot high dam located off Ash Creek’s main stem. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 28 Apr. 2021 The goal for the Westador Stormwater Detention Basin is to construct a stormwater detention basin on the main stem of Cypress Creek. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, 26 Sep. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of main stem

1671, in the meaning defined above

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1 Jul 2022

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“Main stem.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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