Associations to the word «Stem»


STEM, noun. The stock of a family; a race or generation of progenitors.
STEM, noun. A branch of a family.
STEM, noun. An advanced or leading position; the lookout.
STEM, noun. (botany) The above-ground stalk (technically axis) of a vascular plant, and certain anatomically similar, below-ground organs such as rhizomes, bulbs, tubers, and corms.
STEM, noun. A slender supporting member of an individual part of a plant such as a flower or a leaf; also, by analogy, the shaft of a feather.
STEM, noun. A narrow part on certain man-made objects, such as a wine glass, a tobacco pipe, a spoon.
STEM, noun. (linguistic morphology) The main part of an uninflected word to which affixes may be added to form inflections of the word. A stem often has a more fundamental root. Systematic conjugations and declensions derive from their stems.
STEM, noun. (typography) A vertical stroke of a letter.
STEM, noun. (music) A vertical stroke of a symbol representing a note in written music.
STEM, noun. (nautical) The vertical or nearly vertical forward extension of the keel, to which the forward ends of the planks or strakes are attached.
STEM, noun. Component on a bicycle that connects the handlebars to the bicycle fork
STEM, noun. (biology) The common origin of any representant of a strain.
STEM, verb. To remove the stem from.
STEM, verb. To be caused or derived; to originate.
STEM, verb. To descend in a family line.
STEM, verb. To direct the stem (of a ship) against; to make headway against.
STEM, verb. (obsolete) To hit with the stem of a ship; to ram.
STEM, verb. To ram (clay, etc.) into a blasting hole.
STEM, verb. To stop, hinder (for instance, a river or blood).
STEM, verb. (skiing) To move the feet apart and point the tips of the skis inward in order to slow down the speed or to facilitate a turn.
STEM, noun. Alternative form of steem
STEM, noun. Alternative form of STEM
STEM, noun. (countable) Acronym of scanning transmission electron microscope.
STEM, noun. (uncountable) Acronym of science, technology, engineering, (and) mathematics.
STEM AND LEAF, noun. (statistics) A stemplot.
STEM CELL, noun. (medicine) (cytology) A primal undifferentiated cell from which a variety of other cells can develop through the process of cellular differentiation.
STEM CELLS, noun. Plural of stem cell
STEM FAMILY, noun. (anthropology) A family system in which a couple's firstborn child lives with them in the family home, and whose spouse moves into the home of said in-laws, so that the younger couple's children are raised in the home of their grandparents. Usually, the younger offspring move out upon marriage. The inheritance, depending on the culture, may or may not be the most favorable to the firstborn.
STEM NODE, noun. (botany) Alternative form of leaf node
STEM SIREN, noun. (pejorative) (dated) (early 1900s) prostitute
STEM STITCH, noun. An embroidery stitch, derived from backstitch, in which each stitch overlaps the previous stitch to one side, forming a twisted line of stitching, with the thread passing below the needle.
STEM THE ROSE, verb. (idiomatic) To have anal sex; to insert one's penis (stem) into another's anus (rose).
STEM THE TIDE, verb. (idiomatic) To slow or stop the increase.

Dictionary definition

STEM, noun. (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed; "thematic vowels are part of the stem".
STEM, noun. A slender or elongated structure that supports a plant or fungus or a plant part or plant organ.
STEM, noun. Cylinder forming a long narrow part of something.
STEM, noun. The tube of a tobacco pipe.
STEM, noun. Front part of a vessel or aircraft; "he pointed the bow of the boat toward the finish line".
STEM, noun. A turn made in skiing; the back of one ski is forced outward and the other ski is brought parallel to it.
STEM, verb. Grow out of, have roots in, originate in; "The increase in the national debt stems from the last war".
STEM, verb. Cause to point inward; "stem your skis".
STEM, verb. Stop the flow of a liquid; "staunch the blood flow"; "stem the tide".
STEM, verb. Remove the stem from; "for automatic natural language processing, the words must be stemmed".

Wise words

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