• Stem Definition & Synonyms

  1. (n.) 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.
  2. (n.) 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.
  3. (n.) The stock of a family; a race or generation of progenitors.
  4. (n.) A branch of a family.
  5. (n.) Alt. of Steem
  6. (n.) That part of a plant which bears leaves, or rudiments of leaves, whether rising above ground or wholly subterranean.
  7. (n.) The entire central axis of a feather.
  8. (n.) 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.
  9. (v. i.) To move forward against an obstacle, as a vessel against a current.
  10. (v. i.) Alt. of Steem
  11. (n.) The short perpendicular line added to the body of a note; the tail of a crotchet, quaver, semiquaver, etc.
  12. (n.) The part of an inflected word which remains unchanged (except by euphonic variations) throughout a given inflection; theme; base.
  13. (n.) Fig.: An advanced or leading position; the lookout.
  14. (n.) The basal portion of the body of one of the Pennatulacea, or of a gorgonian.
  15. (n.) 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.
  16. (v. t.) To ram, as clay, into a blasting hole.
  17. (v. t.) 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.
  18. (v. t.) 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.

Base, Bow, Fore, Halt, Prow, Radical, Root, Shank, Stalk, Stanch, Staunch, Theme,

• Stemmy Definition & Synonyms

  1. (a.) Abounding in stems, or mixed with stems; -- said of tea, dried currants, etc.

• Stemson Definition & Synonyms

  1. (n.) A piece of curved timber bolted to the stem, keelson, and apron in a ships frame near the bow.