- The definition of a graft is a piece of a plant or tree attached onto another plant or tree, or a piece of skin or bone which is attached to another place on a body, both of which result in becoming a permanent part to whatever they are attached onto.
A piece of skin from the leg of burn victim which is attached to the arm is an example of a graft.
- Graft is defined as the act of taking advantage of your political position or government job by taking money or property in dishonest or fraudulent ways.
When a police officer takes bribes, this is an example of graft.
- a shoot or bud of one plant or tree inserted or to be inserted into the stem or trunk of another, where it continues to grow, becoming a permanent part; scion
- the act or process of inserting such a bud or shoot
- the place on a plant or tree where such a bud or shoot has been inserted
- a tree or plant with such an insertion
- a joining of one thing to another as if by grafting
- the act of taking advantage of one's position, esp. a political position, to gain money, property, etc. dishonestly
- anything acquired by such illegal methods, as an illicit profit from government business
- a piece of skin, bone, or other living tissue transplanted or to be transplanted from one body, or place on a body, to another, where it grows and becomes a permanent part
- such a transplanting
Origin of graftwith unhistoric -t, for earlier graff from Middle English graffe from OFr, a pencil from Classical Latin graphium from Classical Greek grapheion, stylus (see graphic): from resemblance of the scion to a pointed pencil
- to insert (a shoot or bud) as a graft
- to insert a graft of (one plant) in another
- to produce (a fruit, flower, etc.) by means of a graft
- to join or make as one
- Surgery to transplant (a graft)
- to be grafted
- to make a graft on a plant
verbgraft·ed, graft·ing, grafts
- a. To unite (a shoot or bud) with a growing plant by insertion or by placing in close contact.b. To join (a plant or plants) by such union.
- To transplant or implant (living tissue, for example) surgically into a bodily part to replace a damaged part or compensate for a defect.
- To join or unite closely: graft new customs onto old.
- To make a graft.
- To be or become joined.
- a. A detached shoot or bud united or to be united with a growing plant.b. The union or point of union of a detached shoot or bud with a growing plant by insertion or attachment.c. A plant produced by such union.
- a. Material, especially living tissue or an organ, surgically attached to or inserted into a bodily part to replace a damaged part or compensate for a defect.b. The procedure of implanting or transplanting such material.c. The configuration or condition resulting from such a procedure.
Origin of graftMiddle English graften alteration of graffen probably from Old French grafier from graffe stylus, graft (from its shape) from Latin graphium stylus ; see graffito . N., Middle English grafte alteration of graffe from Old French
- Deceitful or fraudulent use of one's position, especially in public office, to obtain personal profits or advantages.
- Money or advantage obtained by such means.
intransitive verbgraft·ed, graft·ing, grafts
Origin of graftOrigin unknown
(countable and uncountable, plural grafts)
- (countable) 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.
- (countable) A branch or portion of a tree growing from such a shoot.
- (surgery, countable) A portion of living tissue used in the operation of autoplasty.
- (uncountable, colloquial) Effort needed for doing hard work.
- (uncountable, slang) A criminal's special branch of practice
- (uncountable) Illicit profit by corrupt means, especially in public life.
- (uncountable) Corruption in official life.
- (countable) A con job.
- (countable, slang) A cut of the take (money).
- (uncountable, US, politics) A bribe, especially on an ongoing basis.
(third-person singular simple present grafts, present participle grafting, simple past and past participle grafted)
- 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.
- 1717 Eloisa to Abelard. And graft my love immortal on thy fame! — Alexander Pope
- (nautical) To cover, as a ring bolt, block strap, splicing, etc., with a weaving of small cord or rope-yarns.
- (intransitive) To insert scions (grafts) from one tree, or kind of tree, etc., into another; to practice grafting.
From Middle English graffe, from Old French greffe (“stylus”), from Latin graphium (“stylus”), from Ancient Greek γραφείον (grapheion), from γράφειν (graphein, “to write”); probably akin to English carve. So named from the resemblance of a scion or shoot to a pointed pencil. Compare graphic, grammar.