Stem - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |stem|  American pronunciation of the word stem
Brit.  |stem|  British pronunciation of the word stem


- (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed (syn: base, radical, root, theme)
thematic vowels are part of the stem
- a slender or elongated structure that supports a plant or fungus or a plant part or plant organ (syn: stalk)
- cylinder forming a long narrow part of something (syn: shank)
- the tube of a tobacco pipe
- front part of a vessel or aircraft (syn: bow, fore, prow)
- a turn made in skiing; the back of one ski is forced outward and the other ski is brought parallel to it


- grow out of, have roots in, originate in
The increase in the national debt stems from the last war
- cause to point inward
stem your skis
- stop the flow of a liquid (syn: halt, stanch, staunch)
stem the tide
- remove the stem from
for automatic natural language processing, the words must be stemmed

Extra examples

He is a wise and kind man, and comes of a good stem.

Her success stems from hard work.

The measures are meant to stem the tide of illegal immigration.

A tight bandage should stem the bleeding.

Dependence on alcohol often stems from unhappiness in the home.

We are now to ask how he will stem those seductions. (Robertson)

The increase in the national debt stems from the last war

...a small crack in the chalice at the join of the stem and the bowl...

...poor gas mileage did little to stem the popularity of that dreadnought of the roadways: the SUV...

Soon the ship was alight from stem to stern.

I tied a towel round his leg to try to stem the flow of blood.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: stem
he/she/it: stems
present participle: stemming
past tense: stemmed
past participle: stemmed
singular: stem
plural: stems
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