Meaning of “stem” in the English Dictionary

"stem" in British English

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stemnoun [ C ]

uk /stem/ us /stem/

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 thin vertical part of a glass or similar container that joins the part that holds liquid to the flat bottom part on which it stands:

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

stemverb [ T ]

uk /stem/ us /stem/ -mm-

(Definition of “stem” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"stem" in American English

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stemnoun [ C ]

us /stem/

stem noun [ C ] (CENTRAL PART)

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.

stemverb [ T ]

us /stem/ -mm-

stem verb [ T ] (STOP)

to stop something unwanted from spreading or increasing:

The bank tried to stem the currency’s recent decline against the dollar.

Phrasal verb(s)

(Definition of “stem” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)