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pronunciation:
stem
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the main axis of a plant, usu. above ground, from which branches, leaves, flowers, or fruits may arise.
Several flowers grew off each stem of the roses.
synonyms:
stalk, stock
similar words:
cane
definition 2: a branch bearing leaves, flowers, or fruit.
a stem of grapes
synonyms:
branch, stalk
definition 3: a long, slender part.
the stem of a wine glassa pipe stem
synonyms:
shank, stalk
definition 4: the projection from the rim of a watch bearing the knob for winding.
definition 5: in grammar, the underlying form of a word to which inflectional endings are added.
definition 6: in musical notation, the vertical line that extends from the head of notes having less than the value of a whole note.
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: stemmed, stemming, stems
definition 1: to remove the stem from (a fruit, flower, or the like).
similar words:
prune
definition 2: to add a stem to; provide with a stem.
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to originate or arise (usually followed by "from" or "out of").
His pride stems from his many accomplishments.She couldn't imagine where her son's anger stemmed from.Her choice of topic for the book stemmed from her experiences living in Asia.
synonyms:
arise, grow, originate, spring
similar words:
come, derive, ensue, flow, follow, issue, proceed, result, rise, sprout, start
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derivations: stemless (adj.), stemlike (adj.)
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