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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 supportPhysical supports and supportingArches, columns and beams 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 stemsParts of plants the vertical part of a glass or similar container which supports the part into which you put liquid: Champagne glasses usually have long stems.Dishes, bowls, cups and glasses

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'.Morphology and parts of words

stem noun [C] (WATCH)

US 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 operateWatches and clocks

stem noun [C] (SHIP)

the main supporting structure at the front of a shipParts of ships and boats

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.Causing something to endComing to an end to stop the flow of a liquid such as blood: She tied a handkerchief around the wound to stem the flow of blood.Causing something to endComing to an endMovement of liquids
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(Definition of stem from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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