Wednesday, 17 August 2011



1. the ascending axis of a plant, whether above or below ground, which ordinarily grows in an opposite direction to the root or descending axis.
2. the stalk that supports a leaf, flower, or fruit.
3. the main body of that portion of a tree, shrub, or other plant which is above ground; trunk; stalk.
4. a cut flower.
5. a petiole; peduncle; pedicel.
6. a stalk of bananas.
7. something resembling or suggesting a leaf or flower stalk.
8. a long, slender part: the stem of a tobacco pipe.
9. the slender, vertical part of a goblet, wineglass, etc., between the bowl and the base.
10.Informal. a drinking glass having a stem.
11.the handle of a spoon.
12.a projection from the rim of a watch, having on its end a knob for winding the watch.
13.the circular rod in some locks about which the key fits and rotates.
14.the rod or spindle by which a valve is operated from outside.
15.the stock or line of descent of a family; ancestry or pedigree.
16.Grammar. the underlying form, often consisting of a root plus an affix, to which the inflectional endings of a word are added, as tend-, the stem in Latin tendere “to stretch,” the root of which is ten-.
17.Music. the vertical line forming part of a note.
18.the main or relatively thick stroke of a letter in printing.
–verb (used with object) remove the stem from (a leaf, fruit, etc.)
–verb (used without object) arise or originate

–verb (used with object)
1. to stop, check, or restrain.
2. to dam up; stop the flow of (a stream, river, or the like).
3. to tamp, plug, or make tight, as a hole or joint.
4. Skiing. to manoeuvre (a ski or skis) in executing a stem.
5. to stanch (bleeding).
–verb (used without object)
6. Skiing. to execute a stem.
7. Skiing. the act or instance of a skier pushing the heel of one or both skis outward so that the heels are far apart, as in making certain turns or slowing down.

–verb (used with object)
1. to make headway against (a tide, current, gale, etc.).
2. to make progress against (any opposition).

1. (at the bow of a vessel) an upright into which the side timbers or plates are jointed.
2. the forward part of a vessel (often opposed to stern).

–verb (used with object)
to arrange the loading of (a merchant vessel) within a specified time.

I had to stem my enthusiasm in calligraphy
And thin out the stems from my prose
Now I tiptoe around fragile stalks, tender words
Ungrounded, all tendrils reaching at the sky.

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