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Meaning of GRAFT

Pronunciation:  graft

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of grafting something onto something else
  2. [n]  the practice of offering something (usually money) in order to gain an illicit advantage
  3. [n]  (surgery) tissue or organ transplanted from a donor to a recipient; in some cases the patient can be both donor and recipient
  4. [v]  in surgery
  5. [v]  cause to grow together parts from different plants; "graft the cherry tree branch onto the plum tree"

GRAFT is a 5 letter word that starts with G.


 Synonyms: bribery, engraft, grafting, ingraft, transplant, transplant
 See Also: affixation, allograft, animal tissue, attachment, autograft, commercial bribery, conjoin, enter, felony, heterograft, homograft, infix, insert, introduce, join, move, xenograft



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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},
    (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.
  2. \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.
  3. \Graft\, v. i.
    To insert scions from one tree, or kind of tree, etc., into
    another; to practice grafting.
  4. \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]
Medical Dictionary
 Definition: Healthy skin, bone, or other tissue taken from one part of the body to replace diseased or injured tissue removed from another part of the body.
Easton Bible Dictionary

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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