What does the word stem mean?

Usage examples for 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 by Willard Glazier
  2. It is useful also to group together in memory words derived from the same stem, e. – Selections from Viri Romae by Charles François 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 by Charles Edward Rich