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stem

noun [C] uk   /stem/ us  

stem noun [C] (CENTRAL PART)

a central part of something from which other parts can develop or grow, or which forms a support the stick-like central part of a plant that grows above the ground and from which leaves and flowers grow, or a smaller thin part that grows from the central part and supports the leaves and flowers: flower stems the vertical part of a glass or similar container which supports the part into which you put liquid: Champagne glasses usually have long stems.

stem noun [C] (WORD)

the part of a word that is left after you take off the ending: From the stem "sav-" you get "saves", "saved", "saving", and "saver".

stem noun [C] (WATCH)

US ( UK winder) the small part on the side of a watch that you turn to move the hands (= parts that point to the numbers), or to make the watch operate

stem noun [C] (SHIP)

the main supporting structure at the front of a ship

stem

verb [T] uk   /stem/ (-mm-) us  
to stop something unwanted from spreading or increasing: These measures are designed to stem the rise of violent crime. We must take action to stem the tide of resignations. to stop the flow of a liquid such as blood: She tied a handkerchief around the wound to stem the flow of blood.
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Translations of “stem”
in Korean 줄기, 대…
in Arabic ساق النَّبات…
in French tige, pied, étrave…
in Turkish sap…
in Italian stelo, gambo…
in Chinese (Traditional) 中心部分, 主幹, (植物的)幹,莖,梗,柄…
in Russian стебель…
in Polish łodyga, pień…
in Spanish tallo, pie, proa a popa…
in Portuguese talo…
in German der Stiel, der Steven…
in Catalan tija…
in Japanese (花の)茎…
in Chinese (Simplified) 中心部分, 主干, (植物的)干,茎,梗,柄…
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