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The Definition of - Stem (noun)

    noun
    1.
    the ascending axis of a plant, whether above or below ground, which ordinarily grows in an opposite direction to the root or descending axis.
    2.
    the stalk that supports a leaf, flower, or fruit.
    3.
    the main body of that portion of a tree, shrub, or other plant which is above ground; trunk; stalk.
    4.
    a cut flower:
    We bought roses at the flower market for 50¢ a stem.
    5.
    a petiole; peduncle; pedicel.
    6.
    a stalk of bananas.
    7.
    something resembling or suggesting a leaf or flower stalk.
    8.
    a long, slender part:
    the stem of a tobacco pipe.
    9.
    the slender, vertical part of a goblet, wineglass, etc., between the bowl and the base.
    10.
    Informal. a drinking glass having a stem.
    11.
    the handle of a spoon.
    12.
    a projection from the rim of a watch, having on its end a knob for winding the watch.
    13.
    the circular rod in some locks about which the key fits and rotates.
    14.
    the rod or spindle by which a valve is operated from outside.
    15.
    the stock or line of descent of a family; ancestry or pedigree.
    16.
    Grammar. the underlying form, often consisting of a root plus an affix, to which the inflectional endings of a word are added, as tend-, the stem in Latin tendere “to stretch,” the root of which is ten-.
    Compare base1 (def 18), theme (def 5).
    17.
    Music. the vertical line forming part of a note.
    18.
    stems, Slang. the legs of a human being.
    19.
    the main or relatively thick stroke of a letter in printing.
    verb (used with object), stemmed, stemming.
    20.
    to remove the stem from (a leaf, fruit, etc.):
    Stem the cherries before cooking.
    verb (used without object), stemmed, stemming.
    21.
    to arise or originate:
    This project stems from last week's lecture.

Word Example of - Stem

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Word Origin & History of - Stem

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