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Imp (ĭmp), n. [OE. imp a graft, AS. impa; akin to Dan. ympe, Sw. ymp, prob. fr. LL. impotus, Gr. &unr_; engrafted, innate, fr. &unr_; to implant; &unr_; in + &unr_; to produce; akin to E. be. See 1st In-, Be.] 1. A shoot; a scion; a bud; a slip; a graft. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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2. An offspring; progeny; child; scion. [Obs.]
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The tender imp was weaned. Fairfax.
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3. A young or inferior devil; a little, malignant spirit; a puny demon; a contemptible evil worker.
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To mingle in the clamorous fray
Of squabbling imps.
Beattie.
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4. Something added to, or united with, another, to lengthen it out or repair it, -- as, an addition to a beehive; a feather inserted in a broken wing of a bird; a length of twisted hair in a fishing line. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.]
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Imp, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Imped (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Imping.] [AS. impian to imp, ingraft, plant; akin to Dan. ympe, Sw. ympa, OHG. impf&ō;n, impit&ō;n, G. impfen. See Imp, n.] 1. To graft; to insert as a scion. [Obs.] Rom. of R.
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2. (Falconry) To graft with new feathers, as a wing; to splice a broken feather. Hence, [Fig.]: To repair; to extend; to increase; to strengthen; to equip. [Archaic]
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Imp out our drooping country's broken wing. Shak.
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Who lazily imp their wings with other men's plumes. Fuller.
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Here no frail Muse shall imp her crippled wing. Holmes.
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Help, ye tart satirists, to imp my rage
With all the scorpions that should whip this age.
Cleveland.
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