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GR`AFT, n. [L. scribo, the sense of which is to scrape or to dig.]

A small shoot or cion of a tree, inserted in another tree as the stock which is to support and nourish it. These unite and become one tree, but the graft determines the kind of fruit.

GR`AFT, v.t. To insert a cion or shoot, or a small cutting of it, into another tree.

1. To propagate by insertion or inoculation.

2. To insert in a body to which it did not originally belong. Rom.11.17.

3. To impregnate with a foreign branch.

4. To join one thing to another so as to receive support from it.

And graft my love immortal on thy fame.

GR`AFT, v.i. To practice the insertion of foreign cions on a stock.




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GR`AFT, n. [L. scribo, the sense of which is to scrape or to dig.]

A small shoot or cion of a tree, inserted in another tree as the stock which is to support and nourish it. These unite and become one tree, but the graft determines the kind of fruit.

GR`AFT, v.t. To insert a cion or shoot, or a small cutting of it, into another tree.

1. To propagate by insertion or inoculation.

2. To insert in a body to which it did not originally belong. Rom.11.17.

3. To impregnate with a foreign branch.

4. To join one thing to another so as to receive support from it.

And graft my love immortal on thy fame.

GR`AFT, v.i. To practice the insertion of foreign cions on a stock.


GRAFT, n. [Fr. greffe; Arm. id; Ir. grafchur; D. griffel; from the root of grave, engrave, Gr. γραφω, L. scribo, the sense of which is to scrape or to dig. In Scot. graif, signifies to bury, to inter. The sense of graft is that which is inserted. See Grave.]

A small shoot or cion of a tree, inserted in another tree as the stock which is to support and nourish it. These unite and become one tree, but the graft determines the kind of fruit.


GRAFT, v.i.

To practice the insertion of foreign cions on a stock.


GRAFT, v.t. [Fr. greffer.]

  1. To insert a cion or shoot, or a small cutting of it, into another tree. Dryden.
  2. To propagate by insertion or inoculation. Dryden.
  3. To insert in a body to which it did not originally belong. Rom. xi. 17.
  4. To impregnate with a foreign branch. Shak.
  5. To join one thing to another so as to receive support from it. And graft my love immortal on thy fame. Pope.

Graft
  1. 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)
  2. 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.]
  3. To insert scions from one tree, or kind of tree, etc., into another; to practice grafting.
  4. 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.]
  5. To implant a portion of (living flesh or akin) in a lesion so as to form an organic union.
  6. A "soft thing" or "easy thing;" a "snap."

    [Slang]
  7. 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.

  8. To cover, as a ring bolt, block strap, splicing, etc., with a weaving of small cord or rope- yarns.
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Graft

GR'AFT, noun [Latin scribo, the sense of which is to scrape or to dig.]

A small shoot or cion of a tree, inserted in another tree as the stock which is to support and nourish it. These unite and become one tree, but the graft determines the kind of fruit.

GR'AFT, verb transitive To insert a cion or shoot, or a small cutting of it, into another tree.

1. To propagate by insertion or inoculation.

2. To insert in a body to which it did not originally belong. Romans 11:17.

3. To impregnate with a foreign branch.

4. To join one thing to another so as to receive support from it.

And graft my love immortal on thy fame.

GR'AFT, verb intransitive To practice the insertion of foreign cions on a stock.

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