(Naut.), from one end of the ship to the other, or through the whole length. Stem leaf(Bot.), a leaf growing from the stem of a plant, as contrasted with a basal or radical leaf.

(Stem), v. t.

1. 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.

2. To ram, as clay, into a blasting hole.

(Stem), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Stemmed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Stemming.] [Either from stem, n., or akin to stammer; cf. G. stemmen to press against.] 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. "An argosy to stem the waves." Shak.

[They] stem the flood with their erected breasts.

Stemmed the wild torrent of a barbarous age.

(Stem), v. i. To move forward against an obstacle, as a vessel against a current.

Stemming nightly toward the pole.

From stem to stern

  By PanEris using Melati.

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