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IMPER'FECT, a. [L. imperfectus; in and perfectus, finished, perfect; perficio, to perfect; per and facio, to make.]

1. Not finished; not complete. The work or design is imperfect.

2. Defective; not entire, sound or whole; wanting a part; impaired. The writings of Livy are imperfect.

3. Not perfect in intellect; liable to err; as, men are imperfect; our minds and understandings are imperfect.

4. Not perfect in a moral view; not according to the laws of God, or the rules of right. Our services and obedience are imperfect.

5. In grammar, the imperfect tense denotes an action in time past, then present, but not finished.

6. In music, incomplete; not having all the accessary sounds; as an imperfect chord.

An imperfect interval is one which does not contain its complement of simple sounds.



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IMPER'FECT, a. [L. imperfectus; in and perfectus, finished, perfect; perficio, to perfect; per and facio, to make.]

1. Not finished; not complete. The work or design is imperfect.

2. Defective; not entire, sound or whole; wanting a part; impaired. The writings of Livy are imperfect.

3. Not perfect in intellect; liable to err; as, men are imperfect; our minds and understandings are imperfect.

4. Not perfect in a moral view; not according to the laws of God, or the rules of right. Our services and obedience are imperfect.

5. In grammar, the imperfect tense denotes an action in time past, then present, but not finished.

6. In music, incomplete; not having all the accessary sounds; as an imperfect chord.

An imperfect interval is one which does not contain its complement of simple sounds.

IM-PER'FECT, a.

In botany, wanting either stamens or pistils; as a flower.


IM-PER'FECT, a. [L. imperfectus; in and perfectus, finished, perfect; perficio, to perfect; per and facio, to make.]

  1. Not finished; not complete. The work or design is imperfect.
  2. Defective; not entire, sound or whole; wanting a part; impaired. The writings of Livy are imperfect.
  3. Not perfect in intellect; liable to err; as, men are imperfect; our minds and understandings are imperfect.
  4. Not perfect in a moral view; not according to the laws of God, or the rules of right. Our services and obedience are imperfect.
  5. In grammar, the imperfect tense denotes an action in time past, then present, but not finished.
  6. In music, incomplete; not having all the accessary sounds; as, an imperfect chord. An imperfect interval is one which does not contain its complement of simple sounds. Busby.

Im*per"fect
  1. Not perfect; not complete in all its parts; wanting a part; deective; deficient.

    Something he left imperfect in the state. Shak.

    Why, then, your other senses grow imperfect. Shak.

  2. The imperfect tense; or the form of a verb denoting the imperfect tense.
  3. To make imperfect.

    [Obs.]
  4. Wanting in some elementary organ that is essential to successful or normal activity.

    He . . . stammered like a child, or an amazed, imperfect person. Jer. Taylor.

  5. Not fulfilling its design; not realizing an ideal; not conformed to a standard or rule; not satisfying the taste or conscience; esthetically or morally defective.

    Nothing imperfect or deficient left
    Of all that he created.
    Milton.

    Then say not man's imperfect, Heaven in fault;
    Say rather, man's as perfect as he ought.
    Pope.

    Imperfect arch, an arch of less than a semicircle; a skew arch. -- Imperfect cadence (Mus.), one not ending with the tonic, but with the dominant or some other chord; one not giving complete rest; a half close. -- Imperfect consonances (Mus.), chords like the third and sixth, whose ratios are less simple than those of the fifth and forth. -- Imperfect flower (Bot.), a flower wanting either stamens or pistils. Gray. -- Imperfect interval (Mus.), one a semitone less than perfect; as, an imperfect fifth. -- Imperfect number (Math.), a number either greater or less than the sum of its several divisors; in the former case, it is called also a defective number; in the latter, an abundant number. -- Imperfect obligations (Law), obligations as of charity or gratitude, which cannot be enforced by law. -- Imperfect power (Math.), a number which can not be produced by taking any whole number or vulgar fraction, as a factor, the number of times indicated by the power; thus, 9 is a perfect square, but an imperfect cube. -- Imperfect tense (Gram.), a tense expressing past time and incomplete action.

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Imperfect

IMPER'FECT, adjective [Latin imperfectus; in and perfectus, finished, perfect; perficio, to perfect; per and facio, to make.]

1. Not finished; not complete. The work or design is imperfect

2. Defective; not entire, sound or whole; wanting a part; impaired. The writings of Livy are imperfect

3. Not perfect in intellect; liable to err; as, men are imperfect; our minds and understandings are imperfect

4. Not perfect in a moral view; not according to the laws of God, or the rules of right. Our services and obedience are imperfect

5. In grammar, the imperfect tense denotes an action in time past, then present, but not finished.

6. In music, incomplete; not having all the accessary sounds; as an imperfect chord.

An imperfect interval is one which does not contain its complement of simple sounds.

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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say

SAY, v.t. pret. and pp. said, contracted from sayed.

1. To speak; to utter in words; as, he said nothing; he said many things; he says not a word. Say a good word for me.

It is observable that although this word is radically synonymous with speak and tell, yet the uses are applications of these words are different. Thus we say, to speak an oration, to tell a story; but in these phrases, say cannot be used. Yet to say a lesson is good English, though not very elegant. We never use the phrases to say a sermon or discourse, to say an argument, to say a speech, to say testimony.

A very general use of say is to introduce a relation, narration or recital, either of the speaker himself or of something said or done or to be done by another. Thus Adam said, this is bone of my bone; Noah said, blessed be the Lord God of Shem. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves. Say to the cities of Judah, behold your God. I cannot say what I should do in a similar case. Say thus precedes a sentence. But it is perhaps impracticable to reduce the peculiar and appropriate uses of say, speak and tell, to general rules. They can be learned only by observation.

2. To declare. Gen. 38.

3. To utter; to pronounce.

Say now Shibboleth. Judges 12.

4. To utter, as a command.

God said, let there be light. Gen. 1.

5. To utter, as a promise. Luke 23.

6. To utter, as a question or answer. Mark 11.

7. To affirm; to teach. Matt. 17.

8. To confess. Luke 17.

9. To testify. Acts 26.

10. To argue; to allege by way of argument.

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11. To repeat; to rehearse; to recite; as, to say a lesson.

12. To pronounce; to recite without singing. Then shall be said or sung as follows.

13. To report; as in the phrases, it is said, they say.

14. To answer; to utter by way of reply; to tell.

Say, Stella, feel you no content, reflecting on a life well spent?

[Note - This verb is not properly intransitive. In the phrase, "as when we say, Plato is no fool," the last clause is the object after the verb; that is, "we say what follows." If this verb is properly intransitive in any case, it is in the phrase, "that is to say," but in such cases, the subsequent clause is the object of the verb, being that which is said, uttered or related.]

SAY, n. A speech; something said. [In popular use, but not elegant.]

SAY, n. [for assay.]

1. A sample. Obs.

2. Trial by sample. Obs.

SAY, n. A thin silk. Obs.

SAY,

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