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Middle English , from graffe Old French ( greffe “ stylus ”), from Latin ( graphium “ stylus ”), from Ancient Greek ( γραφείον grapheion), from ( γράφειν graphein, “ to write ”); probably akin to English . So named from the resemblance of a scion or shoot to a pointed pencil. Compare carve graphic, grammar.
graft ( , countable and uncountable plural ) grafts
( countable ) 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.
( countable ) A branch or portion of a tree growing from such a shoot.
( surgery , countable ) A portion of living tissue used in the operation of autoplasty.
( uncountable , colloquial ) Effort needed for doing hard work.
( uncountable , slang ) A criminal's special branch of practice
( uncountable ) Illicit profit by corrupt means, especially in public life.
( uncountable ) Corruption in official life.
( countable ) A con job.
( countable , slang ) A cut of the take (money).
( uncountable , US , politics ) A bribe, especially on an ongoing basis.
branch or portion of a tree growing from such a shoot
portion of living tissue used in the operation of autoplasty
criminal's special branch of practice
illicit profit by corrupt means, especially in public life
corruption in official life
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graft ( third-person singular simple present , grafts present participle , grafting simple past and past participle ) grafted
( transitive ) 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.
( transitive , surgery ) To implant a portion of (living flesh or akin) in a lesion so as to form an organic union.
( transitive ) To join (one thing) to another as if by grafting, so as to bring about a close union.
Eloisa to Abelard. And graft my love immortal on thy fame! — Alexander Pope
( transitive , nautical ) To cover, as a ring bolt, block strap, splicing, etc., with a weaving of small cord or rope-yarns.
( intransitive ) To insert scions (grafts) from one tree, or kind of tree, etc., into another; to practice grafting.
insert (a graft) in a branch or stem of another tree
implant a portion of (living flesh or akin) in a lesion so as to form an organic union
join (one thing) to another as if by grafting
cover, as a ring bolt, block strap, splicing, etc.
insert scions from one tree, or kind of tree, etc.
Last modified on 8 December 2013, at 13:05