• Interwoven stems ending in decorative leaves
    Interwoven stems ending in decorative leaves
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v stem remove the stem from "for automatic natural language processing, the words must be stemmed"
    • v stem stop the flow of a liquid "staunch the blood flow","stem the tide"
    • v stem grow out of, have roots in, originate in "The increase in the national debt stems from the last war"
    • v stem cause to point inward "stem your skis"
    • n stem a turn made in skiing; the back of one ski is forced outward and the other ski is brought parallel to it
    • n stem front part of a vessel or aircraft "he pointed the bow of the boat toward the finish line"
    • n stem cylinder forming a long narrow part of something
    • n stem the tube of a tobacco pipe
    • n stem (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed "thematic vowels are part of the stem"
    • n stem a slender or elongated structure that supports a plant or fungus or a plant part or plant organ
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Showing extensive interwoven leaf and stem forms and animals Showing extensive interwoven leaf and stem forms and animals
Showing ornate interwoven leaf and stem patterns Showing ornate interwoven leaf and stem patterns
The currant-stem girdler The currant-stem girdler
Dicotyledonous Woody Stem Dicotyledonous Woody Stem
Stem and stern ornaments of galleys Stem and stern ornaments of galleys

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Banana plants are the largest plants on earth without a woody stem. They are actually giant herbs of the same family as lilies, orchids and palms.
    • Stem A branch of a family. "This is a stem Of that victorious stock."
    • Stem (Naut) 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.
    • n Stem A gleam of light; flame.
    • Stem 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.
    • Stem 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.
    • Stem Fig.: An advanced or leading position; the lookout. "Wolsey sat at the stem more than twenty years."
    • Stem (Bot) That part of a plant which bears leaves, or rudiments of leaves, whether rising above ground or wholly subterranean.
    • Stem (Zoöl) The basal portion of the body of one of the Pennatulacea, or of a gorgonian.
    • Stem (Zoöl) The entire central axis of a feather.
    • Stem (Gram) The part of an inflected word which remains unchanged (except by euphonic variations) throughout a given inflection; theme; base.
    • Stem 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. "After they are shot up thirty feet in length, they spread a very large top, having no bough nor twig in the trunk or the stem .""The lowering spring, with lavish rain,
      Beats down the slender stem and breaded grain."
    • Stem (Mus) The short perpendicular line added to the body of a note; the tail of a crotchet, quaver, semiquaver, etc.
    • Stem The stock of a family; a race or generation of progenitors. "All that are of noble stem .""While I do pray, learn here thy stem And true descent."
    • v. i Stem To gleam. "His head bald, that shone as any glass, . . . And stemed as a furnace of a leed [caldron]."
    • v. i Stem To move forward against an obstacle, as a vessel against a current. "Stemming nightly toward the pole."
    • v. t Stem 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. "An argosy to stem the waves.""They stem the flood with their erected breasts.""Stemmed the wild torrent of a barbarous age."
    • Stem To ram, as clay, into a blasting hole.
    • Stem 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Bananas were officially introduced to the American public at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition. Each banana was wrapped in foil and sold for 10 cents. Before that time, bananas came to America on the decks of sailing ships as sailors took a few stems home after traveling in the Caribbean.
    • n stem The body of a tree, shrub, or plant; the firm part which supports the branches; the stock; the stalk; technically, the ascending axis, which ordinarily grows in an opposite direction to the root or descending axis. The stem is composed of fibrous, spiral, and cellular tissues, arranged in various ways; it typically assumes a cylindrical form and a perpendicular position, and bears upon it the remaining aèrial parts of the plant. Its form and direction, however, are subject to much variation in particular cases. In regard to internal structure, there are three principal modifications of stems characteristic of three of the great natural classes into which the vegetable kingdom is divided—namely, exogens, endogens, and acrogens. Stems are herbaceous or woody, solid or hollow, jointed or unjointed, branched or simple. Sometimes they are so weak as to be procumbent, although more generally firm and erect; sometimes weak stems are upheld by twining or by other methods of climbing. In some plants the stem is so short as to seem to be wanting, the leaves and flower-stalks appearing to spring from the top of the root. There are also stems, such as the rhizome and tuber, which, being subterranean, have been mistaken for roots. See cuts under baobab, esparto, internode, pipsissewa, snakeroot, rhizome, and tuber.
    • n stem The stalk which supports the flower or the fruit of a plant; the peduncle of the fructification, or the pedicel of a flower; the petiole or leaf-stem. See cuts under pedicel, peduncle, and petiole.
    • n stem The stock of a family; a race; ancestry.
    • n stem A branch of a family; an offshoot.
    • n stem Anything resembling the stem of a plant. Specifically— The handle of a tool. Halliwell.
    • n stem In type-founding, the thick stroke or body-mark of a roman or italic letter. See cut under type.
    • n stem In a vehicle, a bar to which the bow of a falling hood is hinged.
    • n stem The projecting rod of a reciprocating valve, serving to guide it in its action. See cut under slide-valve.
    • n stem In zoology and anatomy, any slender, especially axial, part like the stem of a plant; a stalk, stipe, rachis, footstalk, etc.
    • n stem In ornithology, the whole shaft of a feather.
    • n stem In entomology, the base of a clavate antenna, including all the joints except the enlarged outer ones: used especially in descriptions of the Lepidoptera.
    • n stem In musical notation, a vertical line added to the head of certain kinds of notes. Of the kinds of note now in use, all but two, the breve and the semibreve, have stems. It may be directed either upward or downward, thus, . When two voice-parts are written on the same staff, the stems of the notes belonging to the upper part are often directed upward, and those of the lower part downward, particularly when the parts cross, or both use the same note (see figure). The latter note is said to have a double stem. See note, 13. Also called tail.
    • n stem In philology, a derivative from a root, having itself inflected forms, whether of declension or of conjugation, made from it; the unchanged part in a series of inflectional forms, from which the forms are viewed as made by additions; base; crude form.
    • n stem See the adjectives.
    • stem To remove the stem of; separate from the stem: as, to stem tobacco.
    • n stem A curved piece of timber or metal to which the two sides of a ship are united at the foremost end. The lower end of it is scarfed or riveted to the keel, and the bowsprit, when present, rests on its upper end. In wooden ships it is frequently called the main stem, to distinguish it from the false stem, or cutwater. The outside of the stem is usually marked with a scale showing the perpendicular height from the keel, for indicating the draft of water forward. See also cut under forecastle.
    • n stem The forward part of a vessel; the bow.
    • stem To dash against with the stem (of a vessel).
    • stem To keep (a vessel) on its course; steer.
    • stem To make headway against by sailing or swimming, as a tide or current; hence, in general, to make headway against (opposition of any kind).
    • stem To make headway (as a ship); especially, to make progress in opposition to some obstruction, as a current of water or the wind.
    • stem To head; advance head on.
    • stem To stop; check; dam up, as a stream.
    • stem To tamp; make tight, as a joint, with a lute or cement.
    • stem An old spelling of steam.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Each banana plant bears only one stem of fruit. To produce a new stem, only two shoots known as the daughter and the granddaughter are allowed to grow and be cultivated from the main plant.
    • n Stem stem the ascending axis of a plant, which usually bears leaves and flowers, and maintains communication between the roots and the leaves: the little branch supporting the flower or fruit: a race or family: branch of a family
    • n Stem stem the prow of a ship: a curved piece of timber at the prow to which the two sides of a ship are united
    • v.t Stem to cut, as with the stem: to resist or make progress against: to stop, to check:—pr.p. stem′ming; pa.t. and pa.p. stemmed
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  • Maya Angelou
    “Children's talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Crime and punishment grow out of one stem. Punishment is a fruit that, unsuspected, ripens with the flower of the pleasure that concealed it.”
  • Marvin Gaye
    Marvin Gaye
    “Most fear stems from sin; to limit one's sins, one must assuredly limit one's fear, thereby bringing more peace to one's spirit.”
  • James Fenton
    James Fenton
    “Imitation, if it is not forgery, is a fine thing. It stems from a generous impulse, and a realistic sense of what can and cannot be done.”
  • Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
    “Love thou the rose, yet leave it on its stem.”
  • Fawn M. Brodie
    Fawn M. Brodie
    “A passion for politics stems usually from an insatiable need, either for power, or for friendship and adulation, or a combination of both.”


Stem the tide - If people try to stem the tide, they are trying to stop something unpleasant from getting worse, usually when they don't succeed.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. stemn, stefn, stæfn,; akin to OS. stamn, the stem of a ship, D. stam, stem, steven, stem of a ship, G. stamm, stem, steven, stem of a ship, Icel. stafn, stamn, stem of a ship, stofn, stomn, stem, Sw. stam, a tree trunk, Dan. stamme,. Cf. Staff Stand


In literature:

But no, he is evidently expecting a friend that, I now observe, approaches him determinedly down the stem of the leaf.
"My Studio Neighbors" by William Hamilton Gibson
On its stem he was to cut a mark every time his week tree told him a month had passed.
"An American Robinson Crusoe" by Samuel. B. Allison
He had taken the bowsprit of the barque and three large stems from the bamboo growth as a basis for this craft.
"As It Was in the Beginning" by Philip Verrill Mighels
After the analogy of forms with long stems it was also dropped in forms with short stems, as pl.
"A Middle High German Primer" by Joseph Wright
The Fletcher's blow-pipes on long stems are generally very inconvenient.
"On Laboratory Arts" by Richard Threlfall
The next instant the helm was again put up, or the lugger would have run into her stem on.
"The Rival Crusoes" by W.H.G. Kingston
The stem is about an inch in diameter at the base, and six or seven feet long.
"A Voyage round the World" by W.H.G. Kingston
The stem covered with pale lemon wax.
"The Royal Guide to Wax Flower Modelling" by Emma Peachey
Felix took a different position from the others, placing himself on the stem.
"Four Young Explorers" by Oliver Optic
This stem is hollow, and is filled with fine birch shavings.
"Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce" by E. R. Billings

In poetry:

One leaf of life still folded
Has fallen from the stem,
Leaving the symbol teaching
There still are two of them,--
"Over The Eyes Of Gladness" by James Whitcomb Riley
Break yourself off a wild stem
And after it a berry,-
No wild strawberry is larger or sweeter
Than one from a graveyard.
""You walk, and look like me"" by Marina Ivanova Tsvetaeva
Many a flower, yet unbudding,
On the winter stem will blow;
Many a myrtle wreath shall blossom
Yet to circle round thy brow.
"When Shall I Flee Away, and Be at Rest?" by Caroline Fry
Love was his very being's root,
And healing was its flower;
Love, human love, its stem and fruit,
Its gladness and its power.
"The Disciple" by George MacDonald
Witless of the enamour'd presence,
Like a dreamy lotus bud
From its drowsy stem down-drooping,
Gazed she in the glowing flood.
"Daphne" by George Meredith
To Herod they apply'd, when there arriv'd,
The greatest Tyrant that had ever liv'd!
To know where Christ, the Jew's expected King,
Was to be born, and from what stem to spring.
"The Life And Death Of Christ" by Rees Prichard

In news:

Three Marshalltown men received prison sentences on Monday stemming from the murder of Ben Benda , a well-known Tama-Toledo area resident who was living in Marshalltown at the time of his death on Feb 7.
Stem Cell Innovator James Thomson Says Geron Blazed Trail For Others To Follow.
Rees faces four misdemeanor charges stemming from underage drinking to running away from police.
CIA official helped stem Libya's weapons development.
Edwards vows broadening of stem cell research.
Cut off mushroom stems even with caps.
6 ripe but firm fresh figs, stemmed and cut in half lengthwise.
CHOC Children's Research Institute Wins $5.5M Grant for Stem Cell Project.
Mexico City's Chief of Police resigned today after battling for nine months to stem a wave of kidnappings, robberies, muggings and killings.
Texas woman saves life of cancer-stricken teenager in Japan by donating stem cells.
Stanford scientists use stem cells to fight hearing loss.
He is charged with crimes including bias intimidation stemming from the death of his former roommate Tyler Clementi.
PHILADELPHIA — Citgo does not have to pay $177 million in cleanup costs stemming from the massive 2004 spill of crude oil from a tanker nearing its dock on the Delaware River , a federal judge has ruled.
With more than 100,000 American employees considered "scientists" or "engineers," the Department of Defense is one of America's largest employers of STEM workers.
"Jurisdiction," a docudrama about a police department's efforts to stem the tide of drug dealing, was filmed in Bremerton.

In science:

These three values stem from three different ways to treat the finite size effects.
High precision simulations of the longest common subsequence problem
The correctness of this definition stems from Corollary 2.4.
An algorithm to generate exactly once every tiling with lozenges of a domain
The infinitesimal significance of the 2CG075 detection stems from that fact that the single-trial significance of the most significant period would be expected to be observed about 260 times in the number of trials performed.
A Search for Gamma-Ray Bursts and Pulsars, and the Application of Kalman Filters to Gamma-Ray Reconstruction
The importance of this result stems from the following applications.
The representation theory of the Ariki-Koike and cyclotomic q-Schur algebras
We use NO as stem of variables of sort NatOne.
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies