As defined by A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic (Geir Zoëga):
stemma Old Icelandic word can mean:
- (-da, -dr), v. to stem, stop, dam up, esp. a stream or fluid (þeir stemdu svá uppi vatnit); steinn sá, er stemdi þurftina, stopped the urine; impers., stóra lœki stemdi uppi, were stemmed, obstructed;
- refl., ~st, to be stayed, to abate (kvað við þat opt stríð manna ~st).
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᛋᛏᛁᛘᛘᛅ
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