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graft


  6  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Graft  \Graft\,  n.  [Prob.  orig.  so  called  because  illegitimate  or 
  improper  profit  was  looked  upon  as  a  graft,  or  sort  of 
  excrescence,  on  a  legitimate  business  undertaking,  in 
  distinction  from  its  natural  proper  development.] 
  1.  Acquisition  of  money,  position,  etc.,  by  dishonest  or 
  unjust  means  as  by  actual  theft  or  by  taking  advantage  of 
  a  public  office  or  any  position  of  trust  or  employment  to 
  obtain  fees,  perquisites,  profits  on  contracts, 
  legislation,  pay  for  work  not  done  or  service  not 
  performed,  etc.;  illegal  or  unfair  practice  for  profit  or 
  personal  advantage;  also  anything  thus  gained.  [Colloq.] 
 
  2.  A  ``soft  thing''  or  ``easy  thing;''  a  ``snap.''  [Slang] 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Graft  \Graft\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Grafted};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Grafting}.]  [F.  greffer.  See  {Graft},  n.] 
  1.  To  insert  (a  graft)  in  a  branch  or  stem  of  another  tree; 
  to  propagate  by  insertion  in  another  stock;  also  to 
  insert  a  graft  upon  [Formerly  written  {graff}.] 
 
  2.  (Surg.)  To  implant  a  portion  of  (living  flesh  or  akin)  in 
  a  lesion  so  as  to  form  an  organic  union. 
 
  3.  To  join  (one  thing)  to  another  as  if  by  grafting,  so  as  to 
  bring  about  a  close  union. 
 
  And  graft  my  love  immortal  on  thy  fame  !  --Pope. 
 
  4.  (Naut.)  To  cover,  as  a  ring  bolt,  block  strap,  splicing, 
  etc.,  with  a  weaving  of  small  cord  or  rope-yarns. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Graft  \Graft\,  v.  i. 
  To  insert  scions  from  one  tree,  or  kind  of  tree,  etc.,  into 
  another;  to  practice  grafting. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Graft  \Graft\,  n.  [OE.  graff,  F.  greffe,  originally  the  same 
  word  as  OF  grafe  pencil,  L.  graphium  Gr  ?,  ?,  fr  ?  to 
  write;  prob.  akin  to  E.  carve.  So  named  from  the  resemblance 
  of  a  scion  or  shoot  to  a  pointed  pencil.  Cf  {Graphic}, 
  {Grammar.}] 
  a  A  small  shoot  or  scion  of  a  tree  inserted  in  another 
  tree,  the  stock  of  which  is  to  support  and  nourish  it 
  The  two  unite  and  become  one  tree,  but  the  graft 
  determines  the  kind  of  fruit. 
  b  A  branch  or  portion  of  a  tree  growing  from  such  a  shoot. 
  c  (Surg.)  A  portion  of  living  tissue  used  in  the  operation 
  of  autoplasty. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  graft 
  n  1:  (surgery)  tissue  or  organ  transplanted  from  a  donor  to  a 
  recipient;  in  some  cases  the  patient  can  be  both  donor 
  and  recipient  [syn:  {transplant}] 
  2:  the  practice  of  offering  something  (usually  money)  in  order 
  to  gain  an  illicit  advantage  [syn:  {bribery}] 
  3:  the  act  of  grafting  something  onto  something  else  [syn:  {grafting}] 
  v  1:  cause  to  grow  together  parts  from  different  plants;  "graft 
  the  cherry  tree  branch  onto  the  plum  tree"  [syn:  {engraft}, 
  {ingraft}] 
  2:  in  surgery  [syn:  {transplant}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Graft 
  the  process  of  inoculating  fruit-trees  (Rom.  11:17-24).  It  is 
  peculiarly  appropriate  to  olive-trees.  The  union  thus  of 
  branches  to  a  stem  is  used  to  illustrate  the  union  of  true 
  believers  to  the  true  Church. 
 




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