stem the tide

Definition of stem the tide

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

Word by Word Definitions

stem play
  1. : the main trunk of a plant

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

  3. : the complete fruiting stalk of a banana plant with its bananas

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

  2. : to check or go counter to (something adverse)

  1. : to remove the stem from

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

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

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

  2. : to stop or check by or as if by damming

  3. : to turn (a ski) in stemming

  1. : check, dam

  2. : an act or instance of stemming on skis

tide play
  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)

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

  3. : 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

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

  1. : betide, befall


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