The stem is the component on a bicycle that connects the handlebars to the steerer tube of the bicycle fork. Sometimes called a goose neck, a stem's design belongs to either a quill or threadless system, and each system is compatible with respective headset and fork designs:

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  1. The stock of a family; a race or generation of progenitors.
  2. A branch of a family.
  3. An advanced or leading position; the lookout.
  4. The above-ground stalk (technically axis) of a vascular plant, and certain anatomically similar, below-ground organs such as rhizomes, bulbs, tubers, and corms.
  5. 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.
  6. A narrow part on certain man-made objects, such as a wine glass, a tobacco pipe, a spoon.
  7. 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.
  8. A vertical stroke of a letter.
  9. A vertical stroke of a symbol representing a note in written music.
  10. The vertical or nearly vertical forward extension of the keel, to which the forward ends of the planks or strakes are attached.

Noun (etymology 2)


  1. To remove the stem from.
    to stem cherries; to stem tobacco leaves
  2. To be caused or derived; to originate.
    The current crisis stems from the short-sighted politics of the previous government.
  3. To descend in a family line.
  4. To direct the stem (of a ship) against; to make headway against.
  5. To hit with the stem of a ship; to ram.
  6. To ram (clay, etc.) into a blasting hole.

Verb (etymology 2)

  1. To stop, hinder (for instance, a river or blood).
    to stem a tide
  2. 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.

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