stem

Part of speech: verb

To make headway against, as a current.

Part of speech: verb

To remove the stems from.

Part of speech: noun

The stock of a tree, shrub, or plant.

Part of speech: noun

The stalk that supports something, as the fruit, flower, or leaf of a plant.

Part of speech: noun

The stock of a family; lineage.

Part of speech: noun

A nearly upright timber or metal piece, constituting the forward member of a vessel's hull.

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Usage examples "stem":

  1. The First Massachusetts had the right, and fought as only brave men could to stem the tide that steadily bore them back, until the whole right gave way. - "Three Years in the Federal Cavalry", Willard Glazier.
  2. It is useful also to group together in memory words derived from the same stem, e. - "Selections from Viri Romae", Charles Fran├žois L'Homond.
  3. What- At this moment a big wave struck the bow of the boat and swept her from stem to stern, filling Mason's open mouth with salt water. - "A Voyage with Captain Dynamite", Charles Edward Rich.