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Definition of stem noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1the main, long, thin part of a plant above the ground from which the leaves or flowers grow; a smaller part that grows from this and supports flowers or leaves long, trailing stems of ivy a tall plant with branching stems
  2. 2the long thin part of a wine glass between the bowl and the base
  3. 3the thin tube of a tobacco pipe
  4. 4-stemmed (in adjectives) having one or more stems of the type mentioned a long-stemmed rose slender-stemmed wine glasses
  5. 5(grammar) the main part of a word that stays the same when endings are added to it “Writ” is the stem of the forms “writes,” “writing” and “written.”
  6. Idioms
    from stem to stern
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    all the way from the front of a ship to the back
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: stem