Webster's Dictionary, 1913
[ New Latin ] Same as Stela .
One of these steles , containing the Greek version of the ordinance, has recently been discovered. I. Taylor (The Alphabet).
[ See Stale
a handle.] A stale, or handle; a stalk.
[ Obsolete] Chaucer. Holland.
[ See Stela
.] Resembling, or used as, a stela; columnar.
Stell transitive verb [ Anglo-Saxon stellan . √163.] To place or fix firmly or permanently. [ Obsolete] Shak.
[ See Stell
, transitive verb
] 1. A prop; a support, as for the feet in standing or cilmbing.
[ Scot.] 2. A partial inclosure made by a wall or trees, to serve as a shelter for sheep or cattle.
[ Prov. Eng. & Scot.]
Stellar, Stellary adjective
[ Latin stellaris
, from stella
a star. See Star
.] 1. Of or pertaining to stars; astral; as, a stellar figure; stellary orbs.
[ These soft fires] in part shed down Milton. 2. Full of stars; starry; as, stellar regions.
Their stellar virtue.
Stellate, Stellated adjective
[ Latin stellatus
, past participle of stellare
to set or cover with stars, from stella
a star. See Stellar
.] 1. Resembling a star; pointed or radiated, like the emblem of a star. 2. (Botany) Starlike; having similar parts radiating from a common center; as, stellate flowers.
Stellation noun Radiation of light. [ Obsolete]
[ See Stell
to place.] Firmly placed or fixed.
[ Obsolete] "The stelled
fires" [ the stars]. Shak.
[ In this passage by some defined as "starry," as if from stellatus
Steller noun [ After Geo. W. Steller , a German naturalist.] (Zoöl) The rytina; -- called also stellerine .
Stellerid noun [ Latin stella a star.] (Zoology) A starfish.
Stellerida noun plural [ New Latin ] (Zoology) An extensive group of echinoderms, comprising the starfishes and ophiurans.
Stelleridan, Stelleridean noun (Zoology) A starfish, or brittle star.
Stelliferous adjective [ Latin stellifer ; stella star + ferre to bear.] Having, or abounding with, stars.
Stelliform adjective [ Latin stella a star + -form .] Like a star; star-shaped; radiated.
Stellify transitive verb [ Latin stella a star + -fy .] To turn into a star; to cause to appear like a star; to place among the stars, or in heaven. [ Obsolete or R.] B. Jonson.
Stellion noun [ Latin stellio a newt having starlike spots on its back, from stella a star.] (Zoology) A lizard ( Stellio vulgaris ), common about the Eastern Mediterranean among ruins. In color it is olive- green, shaded with black, with small stellate spots. Called also hardim , and star lizard .
Stellionate noun [ Latin stellionatus cozenage, trickery, from stellio a newt, a crafty, knavish person.] (Scots & Roman Law) Any fraud not distinguished by a more special name; -- chiefly applied to sales of the same property to two different persons, or selling that for one's own which belongs to another, etc. Erskine.
Stellular adjective [ Latin stellula , dim. of stella a star.]
1. Having the shape or appearance of little stars; radiated. 2. Marked with starlike spots of color.
Stellulate adjective (Botany) Minutely stellate.
Stelmatopoda noun plural
[ New Latin , from Greek ... a block, post + ..., ..., eye + ..., ..., foot.] (Zoology) Same as Gymnolæmata .
Stelography noun [ Greek ... a post, slab, pillar + -graphy : confer Greek ... an inscription on a tablet.] The art of writing or inscribing characters on pillars. [ R.] Stackhouse.
[ Anglo-Saxon stemn
; akin to Old Saxon stamn
the stem of a ship, Dutch stam
stem of a ship, German stamm
stem of a ship, Icelandic stafn
, stem of a ship, stofn
, stem, Swedish stam
a tree trunk, Danish stamme
. Confer Staff
.] 1. 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 . Sir W. Raleigh.
The lowering spring, with lavish rain, Dryden. 2. 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. 3. The stock of a family; a race or generation of progenitors.
Beats down the slender stem and breaded grain.
"All that are of noble stem
While I do pray, learn here thy stem Herbert. 4. A branch of a family.
And true descent.
This is a stem Shak. 5. (Nautical) 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. 6. Fig.: An advanced or leading position; the lookout.
Of that victorious stock.
Wolsey sat at the stem more than twenty years. Fuller. 7. 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. 8. (Botany) That part of a plant which bears leaves, or rudiments of leaves, whether rising above ground or wholly subterranean. 9. (Zoology) (a) The entire central axis of a feather. (b) The basal portion of the body of one of the Pennatulacea, or of a gorgonian. 10. (Mus.) The short perpendicular line added to the body of a note; the tail of a crotchet, quaver, semiquaver, etc. 11. (Gram.) The part of an inflected word which remains unchanged (except by euphonic variations) throughout a given inflection; theme; base. From stem to stern (Nautical)
, from one end of the ship to the other, or through the whole length.
-- Stem leaf (Botany)
, a leaf growing from the stem of a plant, as contrasted with a basal or radical leaf.
Stem transitive verb
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 transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Stemmed
; present participle & verbal noun Stemming
.] [ Either from stem
, noun , or akin to stammer
; confer German 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. Denham.
Stemmed the wild torrent of a barbarous age. Pope.
Stem intransitive verb To move forward against an obstacle, as a vessel against a current.
Stemming nightly toward the pole. Milton.
Stem-clasping adjective (Botany) Embracing the stem with its base; amplexicaul, as a leaf or petiole.
Stem-winder noun A stem- winding watch. [ Colloq.]
Stem-winding adjective Wound by mechanism connected with the stem; as, a stem-winding watch.
Stem, Steem intransitive verb To gleam.
His head bald, that shone as any glass, . . . Chaucer.
[ And] stemed as a furnace of a leed [ caldron].
Stem, Steem noun A gleam of light; flame. [ Obsolete]
Stemless adjective Having no stem; (Botany) acaulescent.
Stemlet noun A small or young stem.
; plural Stemmata
. [ New Latin , from Greek ..., plural ..., a garland or chaplet.] (Zoology) (a) One of the ocelli of an insect. See Ocellus . (b) One of the facets of a compound eye of any arthropod.
Stemmer noun One who, or that which, stems (in any of the senses of the verbs).
Stemmery noun A large building in which tobacco is stemmed. [ U. S.] Bartlett.
Stemmy adjective Abounding in stems, or mixed with stems; -- said of tea, dried currants, etc. [ Colloq.]
Stemple noun [ German stempel a stamp, a prop, akin to English stamp .] (Mining) A crossbar of wood in a shaft, serving as a step.
[ See Stem
, and Keelson
, and confer Sternson
.] (Shipbuilding) A piece of curved timber bolted to the stem, keelson, and apron in a ship's frame near the bow.
Stench transitive verb To stanch. [ Obsolete] Harvey.
[ Anglo-Saxon stenc
a strong smell, from stincan
. See Stink
, intransitive verb
] 1. A smell; an odor.
Clouds of savory stench involve the sky. Dryden. 2. An ill smell; an offensive odor; a stink. Cowper. Stench trap
, a contrivance to prevent stench or foul air from rising from the openings of sewers, drains, etc.
Stench transitive verb
[ Anglo-Saxon stencan
to emit a smell, from stincan
to smell. See Stench
] To cause to emit a disagreeable odor; to cause to stink.
[ Obsolete] Young.
Stenchy adjective Having a stench. [ Obsolete] Dyer.
[ Probably from Old French estincelle
spangle, spark, French étincelle
spark, Latin scintilla
. See Scintillate
, and confer Tinsel
.] A thin plate of metal, leather, or other material, used in painting, marking, etc. The pattern is cut out of the plate, which is then laid flat on the surface to be marked, and the color brushed over it. Called also stencil plate .
Stencil transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Stenciled
; present participle & verbal noun Stenciling
.] To mark, paint, or color in figures with stencils; to form or print by means of a stencil.
Stenciler noun One who paints or colors in figures by means of stencil. [ Written also stenciller .]
Stenoderm noun [ Greek steno`s narrow, little + -derm .] (Zoology) Any species of bat belonging to the genus Stenoderma , native of the West Indies and South America. These bats have a short or rudimentary tail and a peculiarly shaped nose membrane.
Stenodermine adjective (Zoology) Of or pertaining to the genus Stenoderma , which includes several West Indian and South American nose-leaf bats.
Stenograph transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Stenographed
; present participle & verbal noun Stenographing
.] To write or report in stenographic characters.
Stenograph noun A production of stenography; anything written in shorthand.
I saw the reporters' room, in which they redact their hasty stenographs . Emerson.
Stenographer noun One who is skilled in stenography; a writer of shorthand.