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, Grammar.]


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.


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.


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Graft, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Grafted; p. pr. & vb. n. Grafting.] [F. greffer. See Graft, n.]


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.


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 !

4. (Naut.)

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


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Graft, v. i.

To insert scions from one tree, or kind of tree, etc., into another; to practice grafting.


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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.]


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.]


A "soft thing" or "easy thing;" a "snap." [Slang]


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