: the main trunk of a plant
specifically : 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)
: the complete fruiting stalk of a banana plant with its bananas
: the main upright member at the bow of a ship
: the bow or prow of a ship compare stern
: the part of an inflected word that remains after the inflected part is removed
strength is the stem of strengths
also : root sense 6
: something held to resemble a plant stem: such as
: a main or heavy stroke of a letter
: the short perpendicular line extending from the head of a musical note
: the part of a tobacco pipe from the bowl outward
: the cylindrical support of a piece of stemware (such as a goblet)
: a shaft of a watch used for winding
: to make headway against (something, such as an adverse tide, current, or wind)
: to check or go counter to (something adverse)
: 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
her success stems from hard work
: to stop or dam up (something, such as a river)
: to stop or check by or as if by damming
especially : stanch
stem a flow of blood
: to restrain or check oneself
also : to become checked or stanched
: to slide the heel of one ski or of both skis outward usually in making or preparing to make a turn
STEM6 of 6
science, technology, engineering, and mathematics
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VerbDowns is great at alternating his speed and pace throughout the route stem. —Evan Frank, The Indianapolis Star, 29 Apr. 2023 If your ex randomly pops up in a dream… This seemingly nightmarish sitch may stem from something small reminding you of them. —Women's Health, 7 Apr. 2023 Miami’s defense has been strong but some of the recent struggles stem from the lack of offense. —Ian Firstenberg, Chicago Tribune, 6 Apr. 2023 The higher costs of a fossil fuel-dependent economy would stem from dwindling hydrocarbon supplies in the future that would make remaining reserves more expensive and lost efficiency. —Tristan Bove, Fortune, 6 Apr. 2023 The charges from a grand jury stem from a payment to adult film actor Stormy Daniels before the 2016 election, as well as attempts to buy the silence of two other people. —Politifact Staff Writer, Dallas News, 6 Apr. 2023 The case stemmed from Dershowitz’s defense of Trump during his first impeachment trial in the Senate for allegedly soliciting foreign interference in the 2020 election (by withholding aid to Ukraine unless President Volodomyr Zelenskiy investigated Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden). —Matt Ford, The New Republic, 6 Apr. 2023 At the time, Tyson stated the memes stemmed from their struggles with their own sexuality, having come out as bisexual in 2020. —Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 6 Apr. 2023 The exception would be his producer, Katherine (Michaela Watkins), although that stems from a history between them, as flashbacks eventually reveal. —Brian Lowry, CNN, 6 Apr. 2023
NounThe shears can cut everything from delicate stems to tough branches or deadwood. —Nor'adila Hepburn, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 May 2023 What’s the best way to get rid of this weed? — Betty Layton, Glenview Goutweed (Aegopodium podagraria) is a vigorous, invasive perennial that spreads quickly by underground stems called rhizomes and can take over a garden and crowd out garden plants, as well as native plants in natural areas. —Tim Johnson, Chicago Tribune, 13 May 2023 According to Verdissimo, flower preservation is a rehydration process using glycerin and other plant elements that get absorbed into the flower’s stem. —Stack Commerce, Popular Science, 3 May 2023 Driving along a precarious mountain road in the Caliente range, Meyer stopped the car and hopped out to admire stands of desert candles, plants with tall inflated stems and maroon petals that are rare sights in this landscape. —Alice Li, Washington Post, 3 May 2023 With his diverse athletic background, Musgrave is a big, loose athlete who can run the seam, stem defenders or create movement as a combo tight end. —Jr Radcliffe, Journal Sentinel, 1 May 2023 This vine has fragrant white flowers for late spring and keeps stems full of leaves to the ground. —Tom Maccubbin, Orlando Sentinel, 29 Apr. 2023 This is visible when facing physical coverage—he can be knocked off his route stem when contacted. —Evan Frank, The Indianapolis Star, 29 Apr. 2023 Go ahead and show off your stems and your killer curves in this bodycon Modern Movement Mesh Ruched Mock Neck Mini from Lulus. —Jill Schildhouse, Travel + Leisure, 25 Apr. 2023 See More
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