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Definition of Stem


  1. Alt. of Steem
  2. Alt. of Steem
  3. The principal body of a tree, shrub, or plant, of any kind; the main stock; the part which supports the branches or the head or top.
  4. A little branch which connects a fruit, flower, or leaf with a main branch; a peduncle, pedicel, or petiole; as, the stem of an apple or a cherry.
  5. The stock of a family; a race or generation of progenitors.
  6. A branch of a family.
  7. A curved piece of timber to which the two sides of a ship are united at the fore end. The lower end of it is scarfed to the keel, and the bowsprit rests upon its upper end. Hence, the forward part of a vessel; the bow.
  8. Fig.: An advanced or leading position; the lookout.
  9. Anything resembling a stem or stalk; as, the stem of a tobacco pipe; the stem of a watch case, or that part to which the ring, by which it is suspended, is attached.
  10. That part of a plant which bears leaves, or rudiments of leaves, whether rising above ground or wholly subterranean.
  11. The entire central axis of a feather.
  12. The basal portion of the body of one of the Pennatulacea, or of a gorgonian.
  13. The short perpendicular line added to the body of a note; the tail of a crotchet, quaver, semiquaver, etc.
  14. The part of an inflected word which remains unchanged (except by euphonic variations) throughout a given inflection; theme; base.
  15. To remove the stem or stems from; as, to stem cherries; to remove the stem and its appendages (ribs and veins) from; as, to stem tobacco leaves.
  16. To ram, as clay, into a blasting hole.
  17. To oppose or cut with, or as with, the stem of a vessel; to resist, or make progress against; to stop or check the flow of, as a current.
  18. To move forward against an obstacle, as a vessel against a current.

Stem Quotations

Stem cell research is the key to developing cures for degenerative conditions like Parkinson's and motor neuron disease from which I and many others suffer. The fact that the cells may come from embryos is not an objection, because the embryos are going to die anyway.
Stephen Hawking

Pearl Harbor was the defining event in my life. It shaped who I am, and all of my hang-ups and my drives, I think, stem from that.
David Suzuki

Laura Bush went on national television during the week of my father's funeral and spoke out against embryonic stem cell research, pointing out that where Alzheimer's is concerned, we don't have proof that stem-cell treatment would be effective.
Patti Davis

Stem cell research must be carried out in an ethical manner in a way that respects the sanctity of human life.
John Boehner

If we don't somehow stem the tide of childhood obesity, we're going to have a huge problem.
Lance Armstrong
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Stem Translations

stem in Afrikaans is stam
stem in Danish is stilk, stamme
stem in Dutch is boomstam, stam
stem in French is tronc, queue, tige
stem in Italian is tronco, sollevare
stem in Portuguese is tronco, haste
stem in Spanish is tallo, tronco
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