verb (used with object)
- to graft (feathers) into a wing.
- to furnish (a wing, tail, etc.) with feathers, as to make good losses or deficiencies and improve powers of flight.
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If there has been a broken feather, the damaged hawk must be imped.
I have joined the wing, father, and I have imped the feathers; but I fear it will be Christmas ere she can fly again.Sir Nigel|Arthur Conan Doyle
When only the tip of a wing feather is gone it would of course be only for the sake of appearances that it would be imped.
This is when the broken feather is to be imped merely for the purpose of the moult.