Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

  

English definition of “stem”

stem

noun [C] (CENTRAL PART)   /stem/
a central part of something from which other parts can develop or grow, or which forms a support The stem of a plant is the straight part that grows above the ground and from which leaves and flowers grow. The stem of a glass is the narrow, vertical part that supports the container into which you put liquid.
(Definition of stem noun (CENTRAL PART) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of stem

Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Parts of plants, but you might be interested in these topics from the Plant anatomy topic area:

Definitions of “stem” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

limber up

to do gentle exercises to stretch the muscles in order to prepare the body for more active physical exercise

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More