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Definition of stem:

  1. The body of a tree or plant from which the branches or offshoots grow; the stalk; the stock of a family; race; progeny; in music, the line joined to the body of a note.
  2. The strong curved timber to which the two sides of a ship are united in front, the whole having a wedge- like appearance; the prow; from stem to stern, from the front to the back of a ship.
  3. To put a stop to; to resist; to make progress against, as a current.


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