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Meaning & Definition of Stem in English

English

Stem

/stɛm/

noun

1. (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed

  • "Thematic vowels are part of the stem"
    synonym:
  • root
  • ,
  • root word
  • ,
  • base
  • ,
  • stem
  • ,
  • theme
  • ,
  • radical

2. A slender or elongated structure that supports a plant or fungus or a plant part or plant organ

    synonym:
  • stalk
  • ,
  • stem

3. Cylinder forming a long narrow part of something

    synonym:
  • shank
  • ,
  • stem

4. The tube of a tobacco pipe

    synonym:
  • stem

5. Front part of a vessel or aircraft

  • "He pointed the bow of the boat toward the finish line"
    synonym:
  • bow
  • ,
  • fore
  • ,
  • prow
  • ,
  • stem

6. A turn made in skiing

  • The back of one ski is forced outward and the other ski is brought parallel to it
    synonym:
  • stem turn
  • ,
  • stem

verb

1. Grow out of, have roots in, originate in

  • "The increase in the national debt stems from the last war"
    synonym:
  • stem

2. Cause to point inward

  • "Stem your skis"
    synonym:
  • stem

3. Stop the flow of a liquid

  • "Staunch the blood flow"
  • "Stem the tide"
    synonym:
  • stem
  • ,
  • stanch
  • ,
  • staunch
  • ,
  • halt

4. Remove the stem from

  • "For automatic natural language processing, the words must be stemmed"
    synonym:
  • stem