imp definition

  • noun:
    • A mischievous son or daughter.
    • a tiny demon.
    • Obsolete A graft.
    • A shoot; a scion; a bud; a slip; a graft.
    • An offspring; progeny; youngster; scion.
    • a new or inferior devil; somewhat, malignant spirit; a puny demon; a contemptible bad employee.
    • Something added to, or united with, another, to lengthen it or do the repair, -- as, an addition to a beehive; a feather placed in a broken wing of a bird; a length of twisted hair in a fishing range.
    • A scion; shoot; graft; bud; slide.
    • A son; offspring; progeny.
    • A young or little devil.
    • A mischievous or pert child.
    • A spirit besides a devil.
    • anything included or united to some other thing to fix or lengthen it; specially, a feather placed in a broken wing of a bird. See imp, v. t., 2.
    • the size of twisted locks in a fishing-line.
    • An abbreviation of Latin Imperator, emperor;
    • of Imperatrix, empress.
    • An abbreviation of crucial;
    • of imperfect (tense);
    • of imperial;
    • of impersonal;
    • associated with the Latin imprimatur, let it be printed.
    • a person who is playfully naughty
    • (folklore) fairies that are somewhat mischievous
  • verb-transitive:
    • To graft (new feathers) on the wing of a trained falcon or hawk to correct harm or increase flying ability.
    • To furnish with wings.
    • To graft; to place as a scion.
    • To graft with brand-new feathers, as a wing; to splice a broken feather.
  • verb:
    • To grow or engraft.
    • To engraft feathers into a bird's wing.
    • To eke completely, enhance, expand.
  • others:
    • To graft.
    • To extend or expand by some thing inserted or included; expand or mend, as (in falconry) a broken or deficient wing by the insertion of a feather; qualify for flight or use; strengthen.
    • To rob.

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