|a. a piece of plant tissue (the scion), normally a stem, that is made to unite with an established plant (the stock), which supports and nourishes it|
|b. the plant resulting from the union of scion and stock|
|c. the point of union between the scion and the stock|
|2.||surgery a piece of tissue or an organ transplanted from a donor or from the patient's own body to an area of the body in need of the tissue|
|3.||the act of joining one thing to another by or as if by grafting|
|a. to induce (a plant or part of a plant) to unite with another part or (of a plant or part of a plant) to unite in this way|
|b. to produce (fruit, flowers, etc) by this means or (of fruit, flowers, etc) to grow by this means|
|5.||to transplant (tissue) or (of tissue) to be transplanted|
|6.||to attach or incorporate or become attached or incorporated: to graft a happy ending onto a sad tale|
|[C15: from Old French graffe, from Medieval Latin graphium, from Latin: stylus, from Greek grapheion, from graphein to write]|
|1.||work (esp in the phrase hard graft)|
|2.||a. the acquisition of money, power, etc, by dishonest or unfair means, esp by taking advantage of a position of trust|
|b. something gained in this way, such as profit from government business|
|c. a payment made to a person profiting by such a practice|
|3.||(intr) to work|
|4.||to acquire by or practise graft|
|[C19: of uncertain origin]|
graft 1 (grāft)
v. graft·ed, graft·ing, grafts
To transplant or implant tissue surgically into a body part to replace a damaged part or compensate for a defect. n.
Material, especially living tissue or an organ, surgically attached to or inserted into a body part to replace a damaged part or compensate for a defect.
The procedure of implanting or transplanting such material.
The configuration or condition resulting from such a procedure.
graft [%PREMIUM_LINK%] (grāft) Pronunciation Key |
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In politics, the illegal acceptance of bribes by government officials.
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.