noun (plural: grafts)
- 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.
- (surgery) A portion of living tissue used in the operation of autoplasty.
- Hard work (colloq)
- (slang) A criminal's special branch of practice
- Illicit profit by corrupt means, esp.in public life.
- Corruption in official life.
- A con job.
- (slang): A cut of the take (money).
- , (context, Politics): A bribe, especially on an ongoing basis. (uncountable)
- Spanish: injerto
(trans-top, A branch or portion of a tree growing from such a shoot)
- 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.
- (surgery) 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.
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- (nautical) To cover, as a ring bolt, block strap, splicing, etc., with a weaving of small cord or rope-yarns.
- (intransitive) To insert scions from one tree, or kind of tree, etc., into another; to practice grafting.
Etymology: Middle English graffe < Old French greffe ("stylus") < Latin graphium ("stylus") < Greek < ("to write"); probably akin to English carve'. So named from the resemblance of a scion or shoot to a pointed pencil. Compare graphic, grammar.
- Dutch: enten
(trans-top, To cover, as a ring bolt, block strap, splicing, etc.)
(trans-top, To insert scions from one tree, or kind of tree, etc.)
- Italian: innestare
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