• The stock of a family; a race or generation of progenitors.
  • A branch of a family.
  • An advanced or leading position; the lookout.
  • The above-ground stalk (technically axis) of a vascular plant, and certain anatomically similar, below-ground organs such as rhizomes, bulbs, tubers, and corms.
  • A slender supporting member of an individual part of a plant such as a flower or a leaf; also, by analogy, the shaft of a feather.
  • A narrow part on certain man-made objects, such as a wine glass, a tobacco pipe, a spoon.
  • The main part of an uninflected word to which affixes may be added to form inflections of the word. A stem often has a more fundamental root. Systematic conjugations and declensions derive from their stems.
  • A person's leg.
  • The penis.
  • A vertical stroke of a letter.
  • A vertical stroke marking the length of a note in written music.
  • A premixed portion of a track for use in audio mastering and remixing.
  • The vertical or nearly vertical forward extension of the keel, to which the forward ends of the planks or strakes are attached.
  • A component on a bicycle that connects the handlebars to the bicycle fork.
  • A part of an anatomic structure considered without its possible branches or ramifications.
  • A crack pipe; or the long, hollow portion of a similar pipe (i.e. meth pipe) resembling a crack pipe.
  • A winder on a clock, watch, or similar mechanism.
  • Alternative of steem
  • Alternative of STEM


  • To remove the stem from.
  • To be caused or derived; to originate.
  • To descend in a family line.
  • To direct the stem (of a ship) against; to make headway against.
  • To hit with the stem of a ship; to ram.
  • To ram (clay, etc.) into a blasting hole.
  • To stop, hinder (for instance, a river or blood).
  • To move the feet apart and point the tips of the skis inward in order to slow down the speed or to facilitate a turn.


Similar words

  • to be due to, to arise from


  • From Middle English stem, stemme, stempne, stevin, from Old English stemn, from Proto-Germanic *stamniz, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *steh₂- ("to stand, stay").
  • From Middle English stemmen, a borrowing from Old Norse stemma (whence Danish stemme/stæmme), from Proto-Germanic *stammijaną. Cognate with German stemmen, Middle Dutch stemmen, stempen. Compare stammer.
  • Acronym of science, technology, engineering, (and) mathematics.

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