stem the tide

Definition of stem the tide

  1. :  to stop something from continuing and increasing —+ of We have to do something to stem the tide of violence.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  the main trunk of a plant

    :  a primary plant axis that develops buds and shoots instead of roots

    :  a plant part (such as a branch, petiole, or stipe) that supports another (such as a leaf or fruit)

  1. :  to make headway against (something, such as an adverse tide, current, or wind)

    :  to check or go counter to (something adverse)

  1. :  to remove the stem from

    :  to make a stem for (something, such as an artificial flower)

    :  to occur or develop as a consequence :  have or trace an origin

  1. :  to stop or dam up (something, such as a river)

    :  to stop or check by or as if by damming

    :  stanch

  1. :  check, dam

    :  an act or instance of stemming on skis

  1. :  the alternate rising and falling of the surface of the ocean and of water bodies (such as gulfs and bays) connected with the ocean that occurs usually twice a day and is the result of differing gravitational forces exerted at different parts of the earth by another body (such as the moon or sun)

    :  a less marked rising and falling of an inland body of water

    :  a periodic movement in the earth's crust caused by the same forces that produce ocean tides

  1. :  to flow as or in a tide :  surge

    :  to cause to float with or as if with the tide

  1. :  betide, befall

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feeling or affected by lethargy

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