how to pronounce stem


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stem is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of stem in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… southern border to help stem the tide …”

meanings of stem


  1. An advanced or leading position; the lookout.
  2. A vertical stroke marking the length of a note in written music.
  3. A branch of a family.
  4. 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.
  5. A winder on a clock, watch, or similar mechanism.
  6. A narrow part on certain man-made objects, such as a wine glass, a tobacco pipe, a spoon.
  7. Acronym of scanning transmission electron microscope.
  8. The vertical or nearly vertical forward extension of the keel, to which the forward ends of the planks or strakes are attached.
  9. A crack pipe; or the long, hollow portion of a similar pipe (i.e. meth pipe) resembling a crack pipe.
  10. The penis.
  11. The stock of a family; a race or generation of progenitors.
  12. A component on a bicycle that connects the handlebars to the bicycle fork.
  13. A part of an anatomic structure considered without its possible branches or ramifications.
  14. The above-ground stalk (technically axis) of a vascular plant, and certain anatomically similar, below-ground organs such as rhizomes, bulbs, tubers, and corms.
  15. Alternative form of steem.
  16. A premixed portion of a track for use in audio mastering and remixing.
  17. Acronym of science, technology, engineering, (and) mathematics.
  18. A person's leg.
  19. 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.
  20. Alternative form of STEM.
  21. A vertical stroke of a letter.


  1. To hit with the stem of a ship; to ram.
  2. To remove the stem from.
  3. To descend in a family line.
  4. To stop, hinder (for instance, a river or blood).
  5. 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.
  6. To be caused or derived; to originate.
  7. To ram (clay, etc.) into a blasting hole.
  8. To direct the stem (of a ship) against; to make headway against.


  1. A surname​.

stem frequency in english - C1 level of CEFR

the word stem occurs in english on average 10.9 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics stem can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that stem can be often used in the following areas:

1) education, science, and technology;

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