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Stem vs. Culm

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Stemnoun

The stock of a family; a race or generation of progenitors.

Culmnoun

waste coal, used as a poor quality fuel; slack.

Stemnoun

A branch of a family.

Culmnoun

anthracite, especially when found in small masses

Stemnoun

An advanced or leading position; the lookout.

Culmnoun

(botany) the stem of a plant, especially of grass or sedge

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Stemnoun

(botany) The above-ground stalk (technically axis) of a vascular plant, and certain anatomically similar, below-ground organs such as rhizomes, bulbs, tubers, and corms.

Culmnoun

The stalk or stem of grain and grasses (including the bamboo), jointed and usually hollow.

Stemnoun

A slender supporting member of an individual part of a plant such as a flower or a leaf; also, by analogy, the shaft of a feather.

‘the stem of an apple or a cherry’;

Culmnoun

Mineral coal that is not bituminous; anthracite, especially when found in small masses.

Stemnoun

A narrow part on certain man-made objects, such as a wine glass, a tobacco pipe, a spoon.

Culmnoun

stem of plants of the Gramineae

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Stemnoun

(linguistics) The main part of an uninflected word to which affixes may be added to form inflections of the word. A stem often has a more fundamental root. Systematic conjugations and declensions derive from their stems.

Stemnoun

(slang) A person's leg.

Stemnoun

(slang) The penis.

Stemnoun

(typography) A vertical stroke of a letter.

Stemnoun

(music) A vertical stroke marking the length of a note in written music.

Stemnoun

(nautical) The vertical or nearly vertical forward extension of the keel, to which the forward ends of the planks or strakes are attached.

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Stemnoun

Component on a bicycle that connects the handlebars to the bicycle fork

Stemnoun

(anatomy) A part of an anatomic structure considered without its possible branches or ramifications.

Stemnoun

(slang) A crack pipe; or the long, hollow portion of a similar pipe (i.e. meth pipe) resembling a crack pipe.

Stemnoun

(chiefly British) A winder on a clock, watch, or similar mechanism

Stemnoun

alternative form of STEM

Stemverb

To remove the stem from.

‘to stem cherries; to stem tobacco leaves’;

Stemverb

To be caused or derived; to originate.

‘The current crisis stems from the short-sighted politics of the previous government.’;

Stemverb

To descend in a family line.

Stemverb

To direct the stem (of a ship) against; to make headway against.

Stemverb

(obsolete) To hit with the stem of a ship; to ram.

Stemverb

To ram (clay, etc.) into a blasting hole.

Stemverb

(transitive) To stop, hinder (for instance, a river or blood).

‘to stem a tide’;

Stemverb

(skiing) To move the feet apart and point the tips of the skis inward in order to slow down the speed or to facilitate a turn.

Stemverb

To gleam.

‘His head bald, that shone as any glass, . . . [And] stemed as a furnace of a leed [caldron].’;

Stemverb

To remove the stem or stems from; as, to stem cherries; to remove the stem and its appendages (ribs and veins) from; as, to stem tobacco leaves.

Stemverb

To ram, as clay, into a blasting hole.

Stemverb

To oppose or cut with, or as with, the stem of a vessel; to resist, or make progress against; to stop or check the flow of, as a current.

‘[They] stem the flood with their erected breasts.’; ‘Stemmed the wild torrent of a barbarous age.’;

Stemverb

To move forward against an obstacle, as a vessel against a current.

‘Stemming nightly toward the pole.’;

Stemnoun

A gleam of light; flame.

Stemnoun

The principal body of a tree, shrub, or plant, of any kind; the main stock; the part which supports the branches or the head or top.

‘After they are shot up thirty feet in length, they spread a very large top, having no bough nor twig in the trunk or the stem.’; ‘The lowering spring, with lavish rain,Beats down the slender stem and breaded grain.’;

Stemnoun

A little branch which connects a fruit, flower, or leaf with a main branch; a peduncle, pedicel, or petiole; as, the stem of an apple or a cherry.

Stemnoun

The stock of a family; a race or generation of progenitors.

‘While I do pray, learn here thy stemAnd true descent.’;

Stemnoun

A branch of a family.

‘This is a stemOf that victorious stock.’;

Stemnoun

A curved piece of timber to which the two sides of a ship are united at the fore end. The lower end of it is scarfed to the keel, and the bowsprit rests upon its upper end. Hence, the forward part of a vessel; the bow.

Stemnoun

Fig.: An advanced or leading position; the lookout.

‘Wolsey sat at the stem more than twenty years.’;

Stemnoun

Anything resembling a stem or stalk; as, the stem of a tobacco pipe; the stem of a watch case, or that part to which the ring, by which it is suspended, is attached.

Stemnoun

That part of a plant which bears leaves, or rudiments of leaves, whether rising above ground or wholly subterranean.

Stemnoun

The entire central axis of a feather.

Stemnoun

The short perpendicular line added to the body of a note; the tail of a crotchet, quaver, semiquaver, etc.

Stemnoun

The part of an inflected word which remains unchanged (except by euphonic variations) throughout a given inflection; theme; base.

Stemnoun

(linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed;

‘thematic vowels are part of the stem’;

Stemnoun

a slender or elongated structure that supports a plant or fungus or a plant part or plant organ

Stemnoun

cylinder forming a long narrow part of something

Stemnoun

the tube of a tobacco pipe

Stemnoun

front part of a vessel or aircraft;

‘he pointed the bow of the boat toward the finish line’;

Stemnoun

a turn made in skiing; the back of one ski is forced outward and the other ski is brought parallel to it

Stemverb

grow out of, have roots in, originate in;

‘The increase in the national debt stems from the last war’;

Stemverb

cause to point inward;

‘stem your skis’;

Stemverb

stop the flow of a liquid;

‘staunch the blood flow’; ‘them the tide’;

Stemverb

remove the stem from;

‘for automatic natural language processing, the words must be stemmed’;

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