graft [1] NOUN 1) a shoot from one plant inserted into a slit cut into another to form a new growth. 2) a piece of living bodily tissue that is transplanted surgically to replace diseased or damaged tissue. 3) an operation in which tissue is transplanted.
VERB 1) insert or transplant as a graft. 2) incorporate in or attach to something else, especially inappropriately.
ORIGIN Old French grafe, from Greek graphion 'writing implement' (with reference to the tapered tip of the plant shoot).
graft [2] Brit. informal NOUN hard work.
VERB work hard.
DERIVATIVES grafter noun.
ORIGIN perhaps related to the phrase spade's graft «the amount of earth that one stroke of a spade will move».
graft [3] informal NOUN bribery and other corrupt measures pursued for gain in politics or business.
VERB make money by graft.
DERIVATIVES grafter noun.
ORIGIN of unknown origin.

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  • grafter — See graft1,2. * * * …   Universalium

  • grafter — noun a) One who inserts scions on other stocks, or propagates fruit by ingrafting. b) An instrument by which grafting is facilitated. See Also: graft …   Wiktionary

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  • grafter — graft·er || græftÉ™(r) / grɑːf n. one who implants a portion of a plant into the stem of another (Horticulture); one who acquires money in an illegal or dishonest manner …   English contemporary dictionary

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  • grafter — /ˈgraftə/ (say grahftuh) noun 1. a very hard worker; an industrious person. 2. Chiefly US an extortionist …   Australian English dictionary

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