Definition of herbaceous stem

stem 1 n.1.

a. The main ascending axis of a plant; a stalk or trunk.

b. A slender stalk supporting or connecting another plant part, such as a leaf or flower.

2. A banana stalk bearing several bunches of bananas.

3. A connecting or supporting part, especially:

a. The tube of a tobacco pipe.

b. The slender upright support of a wineglass or goblet.

c. The small projecting shaft with an expanded crown by which a watch is wound.

d. The rounded rod in the center of certain locks about which the key fits and is turned.

e. The shaft of a feather or hair.

f. The upright stroke of a typeface or letter.

g. Music The vertical line extending from the head of a note.

4. The main line of descent of a family.

5. Linguistics The main part of a word to which affixes are added.

6. Nautical The curved upright beam at the fore of a vessel into which the hull timbers are scarfed to form the prow.

7. The tubular glass structure mounting the filament or electrodes in an incandescent bulb or vacuum tube.

v. stemmed, stem·ming, stems


To have or take origin or descent.

1. To remove the stem of.

2. To provide with a stem.

3. To make headway against: managed to stem the rebellion.

Idiom: from stem to stern

From one end to another.

[Middle English, from Old English stefn, stemn; see st- in Indo-European roots.]

Synonyms: stem1, arise, derive, emanate, flow, issue, originate, proceed, rise, spring
These verbs mean to come forth or come into being: customs that stem from the past; misery that arose from war; rights that derive from citizenship; disapproval that emanated from the teacher; happiness that flows from their friendship; prejudice that issues from fear; a proposal that originated in the Congress; a mistake that proceeded from carelessness; rebellion that rises in the provinces; new industries that spring up.

stem 2

1. To stop or hold back by or as if by damming; stanch.

2. To plug or tamp (a blast hole, for example).

3. Sports To point (skis) inward.

v.intr. Sports

To point skis inward in order to slow down or turn.

[Middle English stemmen, from Old Norse stemma.]

Stem (stɛm) 1. (Music, other) die Stem (di) the South African national anthem until 1991, when part of it was incorporated into the current anthem, Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika. See Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika

[C19: from Afrikaans, the call]

stem ()

1. (Botany) the main axis of a plant, which bears the leaves, axillary buds, and flowers and contains a hollow cylinder of vascular tissue

2. (Botany) any similar subsidiary structure in such plants that bears a flower, fruit, or leaf

3. (Botany) a corresponding structure in algae and fungi

4. any long slender part, such as the hollow part of a tobacco pipe that lies between the bit and the bowl, or the support between the base and the bowl of a wineglass, goblet, etc

5. (Plants) a banana stalk with several bunches attached

6. (Heraldry) the main line of descent or branch of a family

7. (Mechanical Engineering) a round pin in some locks on which a socket in the end of a key fits and about which it rotates

8. (Mechanical Engineering) any projecting feature of a component: a shank or cylindrical pin or rod, such as the pin that carries the winding knob on a watch

9. (Linguistics) linguistics the form of a word that remains after removal of all inflectional affixes; the root of a word, esp as occurring together with a thematic element. Compare root19

10. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) the main, usually vertical, stroke of a letter or of a musical note such as a minim

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