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Stemmer   /stˈɛmər/   Listen

A worker who strips the stems from moistened tobacco leaves and binds the leaves together into books.  Synonyms: sprigger, stripper.
A worker who makes or applies stems for artificial flowers.
An algorithm for removing inflectional and derivational endings in order to reduce word forms to a common stem.  Synonym: stemming algorithm.
A miner's tamping bar for ramming packing in over a blasting charge.
A device for removing stems from fruit (as from grapes or apples).

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"Stemmer" Quotes from Famous Books

... done by special machines designed for that purpose, which leaves the fruit in a bright, clean condition attractive to purchasers. These machines are at present built only by James Porteous, Fresno, and are operated either by hand or power. The cost of a stemmer and cleaner complete is $80, f. o. b. cars at Fresno. Where several producers can do so, it would be advisable to club together and get the machine in this way. Much extra expense could be avoided and one set of machinery ...
— Scientific American Supplement, No. 717, September 28, 1889 • Various

... Negroes worked here; negro men, mostly wearing red undershirts. They sat in long rows, with quick fingers stripping the stems from the not unfragrant leaves. These were stemmers, it was learned. Piles of the brown tobacco stood beside each stemmer, bales of it were stacked, ceiling-high, at the farther end of the room, awaiting their attentions. The negroes eyed the visitors respectfully. They were heard to laugh and joke over their labors. If they knew of ...
— V. V.'s Eyes • Henry Sydnor Harrison

Words linked to "Stemmer" :   tamp, algorithmic rule, tamping bar, worker, stem, algorithmic program, algorithm, device, tamper

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