Surgery. to transplant (a portion of living tissue, as of skin or bone) as a graft.
to attach as if by grafting: an absurdity grafted onto an otherwise coherent body of thought.
Nautical. to cover (a rope) with a weaving of rope yarn.
verb (used without object)
to insert scions from one plant into another.
to become grafted.
Origin of graft
1350–1400; earlier graff,Middle Englishgraffe, craffe < Old Frenchgraife, greffe, graffe < Late Latingraphium hunting knife (Latin: stylus) < Greekgrapheion, derivative of gráphein to write; so called from the resemblance of the point of a (cleft) graft to a stylus
late 15c., from graft (n.1). Related: Grafted; grafting.
"shoot inserted into another plant," late 15c. alteration of Middle English graff (late 14c.), from Old French graife "grafting knife, carving tool, stylus," from Latin graphium "stylus," from Greek grapheion "stylus," from graphein "to write" (see -graphy). So called probably on resemblance of a stylus to the pencil-shaped shoots used in grafting. The terminal -t- in the English word is not explained. Surgical sense is from 1871.
"corruption," 1865, perhaps 1859, American English, perhaps from graft (1) via British slang sense of "one's occupation" (1853), which seems to be from the word's original sense of "digging" (see graft (n.1)).
A shoot or bud of one plant that is inserted into or joined to the stem, branch, or root of another plant so that the two grow together as a single plant. Grafts are used to strengthen or repair plants, create dwarf trees, produce seedless fruit, and increase fruit yields without requiring plants to mature from seeds.
A piece of body tissue that is surgically removed and then transplanted or implanted to replace a damaged part or compensate for a defect. See also allograftautograft and xenograft.