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 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, "State Rep. joins Harris County Flood Control, Task Force in support of funds for flood mitigation," 26 Sep. 2020 Caffee Creek empties into the main stem of the Cahaba in the Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge, about three miles downstream of Farnetti’s property. Dennis Pillion |, al, "Mercedes construction runoff muddies Cahaba tributary, Alabama warns," 24 June 2020 On the Missouri River, a mild winter allowed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to close almost all the levee breaches on the main stem of the river that were opened during a devastating storm last March. Joe Barrett, WSJ, "River Towns Gearing Up for Flood Season as Pandemic Looms," 20 Mar. 2020 Each site will have a main stem site for data collection and progress to be monitored, Bower said. Chevall Pryce, Houston Chronicle, "Cypress Creek Watershed Partnership begins search for water quality solutions," 23 Jan. 2020 But now the streets, particularly Market Street — the city’s main stem — are clogged with what appear to be truly mad people, talking to themselves, shouting. Carl Nolte,, "We did this to ourselves, San Francisco. Now we have to live with it," 12 Oct. 2019 But what really did it in, the scientists conclude, were dams—specifically the Gezhouba Dam, built on the main stem of the Yangtze, a little over a thousand miles from the sea. National Geographic, "The Chinese paddlefish, one of world's largest fish, has gone extinct," 8 Jan. 2020 The city’s main stem lacked the usual December bustle. Carl Nolte,, "Looking for Christmas in the heart of San Francisco," 14 Dec. 2019 At one time there were more than 27 dams along Roaring Brook and its tributaries, including eight large dams along the main stem of the brook. Peter Marteka,, "Glastonbury’s Slocomb Dam along Roaring Brook is one of five left along the river. It’ll be removed next summer.," 18 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of main stem

1671, in the meaning defined above

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“Main stem.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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