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Meaning of IMP

Pronunciation:  imp

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  (folklore) fairies that are somewhat mischievous
  2. [n]  one who is playfully mischievous

IMP is a 3 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: brownie, elf, gremlin, hob, monkey, pixie, pixy, rapscallion, rascal, scalawag, scallywag, scamp
 See Also: brat, child, faerie, faery, fairy, fry, holy terror, kid, leprechaun, little terror, minor, nestling, nipper, shaver, small fry, sprite, terror, tiddler, tike, tyke, youngster



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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-},
    1. A shoot; a scion; a bud; a slip; a graft. [Obs.]
    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.
    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.]
  2. \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.
             Here no frail Muse shall imp her crippled wing.
             Help, ye tart satirists, to imp my rage With all the
             scorpions that should whip this age.  --Cleveland.
Computing Dictionary

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.

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