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  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Imp  \Imp\,  n.  [OE.  imp  a  graft,  AS  impa;  akin  to  Dan.  ympe,  Sw 
  ymp,  prob.  fr  LL  impotus,  Gr  ?  engrafted,  innate,  fr  ?  to 
  implant;  ?  in  +  ?  to  produce;  akin  to  E.  be  See  1st  {In-}, 
  {Be}.] 
  1.  A  shoot;  a  scion;  a  bud;  a  slip;  a  graft.  [Obs.] 
  --Chaucer. 
 
  2.  An  offspring;  progeny;  child;  scion.  [Obs.] 
 
  The  tender  imp  was  weaned.  --Fairfax. 
 
  3.  A  young  or  inferior  devil;  a  little,  malignant  spirit;  a 
  puny  demon;  a  contemptible  evil  worker. 
 
  To  mingle  in  the  clamorous  fray  Of  squabbling  imps. 
  --Beattie. 
 
  4.  Something  added  to  or  united  with  another,  to  lengthen 
  it  out  or  repair  it  --  as  an  addition  to  a  beehive;  a 
  feather  inserted  in  a  broken  wing  of  a  bird;  a  length  of 
  twisted  hair  in  a  fishing  line  [Obs.  or  Prov.  Eng.] 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Imp  \Imp\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Imped};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Imping}.]  [AS.  impian  to  imp,  ingraft,  plant;  akin  to  Dan. 
  ympe,  Sw  ympa,  OHG.  impf[=o]n,  impit[=o]n,  G.  impfen.  See 
  {Imp},  n.] 
  1.  To  graft;  to  insert  as  a  scion.  [Obs.]  --Rom.  of  R. 
 
  2.  (Falconry)  To  graft  with  new  feathers,  as  a  wing;  to 
  splice  a  broken  feather.  Hence  Fig.:  To  repair;  to 
  extend;  to  increase;  to  strengthen  to  equip.  [Archaic] 
 
  Imp  out  our  drooping  country's  broken  wing.  --Shak. 
 
  Who  lazily  imp  their  wings  with  other  men's  plumes. 
  --Fuller. 
 
  Here  no  frail  Muse  shall  imp  her  crippled  wing. 
  --Holmes. 
 
  Help,  ye  tart  satirists,  to  imp  my  rage  With  all  the 
  scorpions  that  should  whip  this  age.  --Cleveland. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  imp 
  n  1:  (folklore)  fairies  that  are  somewhat  mischievous  [syn:  {elf}, 
  {hob},  {gremlin},  {pixie},  {pixy},  {brownie}] 
  2:  one  who  is  playfully  mischievous  [syn:  {scamp},  {monkey},  {rascal}, 
  {rapscallion},  {scalawag},  {scallywag}] 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  IMP 
 
  1.    {IMProved  Mercury  autocode}. 
 
  2.    An  extensible  dialect  of  {ALGOL  60},  for  {CDC 
  1604}. 
 
  ["Experience  with  an  Extensible  Language",  Edgar  T.  Irons, 
  CACM  13(1):31-39,  Jan  1970]. 
 
  3.    {Interpretive  Menu  Processor}. 
 
  4.    {IMPlementation  language}. 
 
  5.    {Interface  Message  Processor}. 
 
  (1996-04-07) 
 
 
 
  From  V.E.R.A.  --  Virtual  Entity  of  Relevant  Acronyms  13  March  2001  [vera]: 
 
  IMP 
  Interface  Message  Processors  (ARPANET,  MILNET) 
 
 




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