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[imp] /ɪmp/
noun
1.
a little devil or demon; an evil spirit.
2.
a mischievous child.
3.
Archaic. a scion or offshoot of a plant or tree.
4.
Archaic. an offspring.
verb (used with object)
5.
Falconry.
  1. to graft (feathers) into a wing.
  2. to furnish (a wing, tail, etc.) with feathers, as to make good losses or deficiencies and improve powers of flight.
6.
Archaic. to add a piece to; mend or repair.
Origin
900
before 900; (noun) Middle English impe, Old English impa, impe shoot, graft < Late Latin impotus, imputus grafted shoot < Greek émphytos planted, implanted, verbal adjective of emphŷein to implant (em- em-2 + phŷein to bring forth); (v.) Middle English impen to plant, graft, Old English impian, geimpian, derivative of the noun (compare Old High German impfōn, impitōn > German impfen to inoculate); sense “demon” < phrase imp of the devil
Synonyms
2. scamp, rascal, brat, devil.

IMP

1.
International Match Point.

Imp.1

1.
Origin
< Latin Imperātor

Imp.2

1.
Origin
< Latin Imperātrīx

imp.1

1.
in the first place.
Origin
< Latin imprīmīs

imp.2

2.
3.
5.
6.
7.
8.
imported.
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
improved.
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British Dictionary definitions for imp

imp

/ɪmp/
noun
1.
a small demon or devil; mischievous sprite
2.
a mischievous child
verb
3.
(transitive) (falconry) to insert (new feathers) into the stumps of broken feathers in order to repair the wing of a hawk or falcon
Word Origin
Old English impa bud, graft, hence offspring, child, from impian to graft, ultimately from Greek emphutos implanted, from emphuein to implant, from phuein to plant

imp.

abbreviation
1.
imperative
2.
imperfect
3.
imperial
4.
imprimatur

Imp.

abbreviation
1.
Imperator
2.
Imperatrix
3.
Imperial
Word Origin
(for sense 1) Latin: Emperor; (for sense 2) Latin: Empress
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Word Origin and History for imp
n.

Old English impe, impa "young shoot, graft," from impian "to graft," probably an early West Germanic borrowing from Vulgar Latin *imptus, from Late Latin impotus "implanted," from Greek emphytos, verbal adjective formed from emphyein "implant," from em- "in" + phyein "to plant" (see physic).

Sense of "child, offspring" (late 14c.) came from transfer of word from plants to people, with notion of "newness" preserved. Modern meaning "little devil" (1580s) is from common use in pejorative phrases like imp of Satan.

Suche appereth as aungelles, but in very dede they be ymps of serpentes. ["The Pilgrimage of Perfection," 1526]

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imp in Technology

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.
(1996-04-07)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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Related Abbreviations for imp

imp

impression

IMP

instrument mounting platform

imp.

  1. imperative
  2. imperfect
  3. imperial
  4. import
  5. imported
  6. importer
  7. imprimatur
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