Stem Stem, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Stemmed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Stemming}.] [Either from stem, n., or akin to stammer; cf. G. stemmen to press against.] To oppose or cut with, or as with, the stem of a vessel; to resist, or make progress against; to stop or check the flow of, as a current. ``An argosy to stem the waves.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

[They] stem the flood with their erected breasts. --Denham. [1913 Webster]

Stemmed the wild torrent of a barbarous age. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

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  • stemmed — [stemd] adj. 1. having a stem, usually of a specified kind [a thin stemmed goblet] 2. with the stem or stems removed …   English World dictionary

  • stemmed — adjective 1. having a stem or stems or having a stem as specified; often used in combination (Freq. 1) stemmed goblets long stemmed roses • Ant: ↑stemless 2. (of plants) producing a well developed stem above ground • Syn: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • stemmed — Ⅰ. stem [1] ► NOUN 1) the main body or stalk of a plant or shrub. 2) the stalk supporting a fruit, flower, or leaf. 3) a long, thin supportive or main section of something, such as that of a wine glass or tobacco pipe. 4) a rod or cylinder in a… …   English terms dictionary

  • stemmed — /stemd/, adj. 1. having a stem or a specified kind of stem (often used in combination): a long stemmed rose. 2. having the stem or stems removed: stemmed cherries. [1570 80; STEM1 + ED2] * * * …   Universalium

  • -stemmed — [[t] stemd[/t]] COMB in ADJ: usu ADJ n stemmed is added to adjectives to form adjectives which indicate what the stem of something is like. enormous bouquet of long stemmed roses …   English dictionary

  • stemmed — un·stemmed; stemmed; …   English syllables

  • stemmed — adjective Date: 1576 having a stem usually used in combination < long stemmed roses > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • stemmed — adjective Having a stem. The long stemmed roses didnt fit in the short vase because the stems were too long. Ant: nonstemmed, unstemmed …   Wiktionary

  • stemmed — [[t]stɛmd[/t]] adj. 1) bot having a stem or a specified kind of stem (often used in combination): a long stemmed rose[/ex] 2) having the stem or stems removed • Etymology: 1570–80 …   From formal English to slang

  • stemmed — adj. having a stem, having a certain kind of stem; having the stem removed stem n. central stalk of a plant; petiole; slender part which connects or supports; main part of a word to which affixes are added (Grammar); family line of descent,… …   English contemporary dictionary

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