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[stem-suh n]
noun Nautical.
  1. a curved timber in a wooden bow, scarfed at its lower end to the keelson.
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Origin of stemson

First recorded in 1760–70; stem4 + (keel)son
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Historical Examples of stemson

  • The stem appears to be good; but the stemson is mostly decayed.

    A Voyage to Terra Australis Volume 2

    Matthew Flinders

  • Stemson, stem′sun, n. an arching piece of compass-timber behind the apron of a vessel, and supporting its scarfs.

  • The stemson is so far decayed, principally in its outer part, as to make it absolutely necessary to be shifted.

British Dictionary definitions for stemson


  1. nautical a curved timber scarfed into or bolted to the stem and keelson at the bow of a wooden vesselCompare sternson
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Word Origin for stemson

C18: from stem 1 + (keel) son
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