• WordNet 3.6
    • n imp (folklore) fairies that are somewhat mischievous
    • n imp one who is playfully mischievous
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Imp A shoot; a scion; a bud; a slip; a graft.
    • Imp A young or inferior devil; a little, malignant spirit; a puny demon; a contemptible evil worker. "To mingle in the clamorous fray
      Of squabbling imps ."
    • Imp An offspring; progeny; child; scion. "The tender imp was weaned."
    • Imp 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.
    • Imp (Falconry) To graft with new feathers, as a wing; to splice a broken feather. "Imp out our drooping country's broken wing.""Who lazily imp their wings with other men's plumes.""Here no frail Muse shall imp her crippled wing.""Help, ye tart satirists, to imp my rage
      With all the scorpions that should whip this age."
    • Imp To graft; to insert as a scion.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n imp A scion; shoot; graft; bud; slip.
    • n imp A son; offspring; progeny.
    • n imp A young or small devil.
    • n imp A mischievous or pert child.
    • n imp A spirit other than a devil.
    • n imp Something added or united to another thing to repair or lengthen it out; particularly, a feather inserted in a broken wing of a bird. See imp, v. t., 2. Synonyms Sprite, hobgoblin.
    • imp To graft.
    • imp To extend or enlarge by something inserted or added; extend or mend, as (in falconry) a broken or deficient wing by the insertion of a feather; qualify for flight or use; strengthen.
    • imp To rob.
    • n imp The length of twisted hair in a fishing-line.
    • n imp An abbreviation of the Latin Imperator, emperor;
    • n imp of Imperatrix, empress.
    • n imp An abbreviation of imperative;
    • n imp of imperfect (tense);
    • n imp of imperial;
    • n imp of impersonal;
    • n imp of the Latin imprimatur, let it be printed.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Imp imp a little devil or wicked spirit: a son, offspring, a pert child
    • v.t Imp (falconry) to mend a broken or defective wing by inserting a feather: to qualify for flight
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. imp, a graft, AS. impa,; akin to Dan. ympe, Sw. ymp, prob. fr. LL. impotus, Gr. engrafted, innate, fr. to implant; in + to produce; akin to E. be,. See 1st In- Be


In literature:

Roberts comes along with his snarlin' little pup, and the imp bit at Rover's heels.
"Charred Wood" by Myles Muredach
Then hope made her voice heard above the little blue imps tormenting him so sadly.
"Bad Hugh" by Mary Jane Holmes
She was like the sun, who continues to shine and give warmth and light no matter how much ugly imps may look up and make faces at him.
"Beyond The Rocks" by Elinor Glyn
Poor Mr. McCabe is not allowed to retain even the tiniest imp, though it might be hiding in a pimpernel.
"Orthodoxy" by G. K. Chesterton
The woodland, still really tenanted by deer, wolves, and wild boars, was also filled by popular imagination with demons and imps.
"Early Britain" by Grant Allen
It is a diabolical joke of the Comic Imps to put fog upon a greasy road for the confusion of a despatch rider.
"Adventures of a Despatch Rider" by W. H. L. Watson
There's a surf running there would knock the ribs together of a galley built by the imps of the pit, and commanded by the Prince of Darkness.
"Folk-Lore and Legends Scotland" by Anonymous
Sometimes a little imp whispers into my ears daring me to do a thing which I know is foolish.
"The House of the Vampire" by George Sylvester Viereck
We're all right, but don't we envy old Nick and his imps to-night!
""Over There" with the Australians" by R. Hugh Knyvett
Well, imp, what's up now?
"The Black Cat" by John Todhunter

In poetry:

"It's never my own little daughter,
It's never my own," she said;
"The witches have stolen my Anna,
And left me an imp instead.
"The Changeling ( From The Tent on the Beach )" by John Greenleaf Whittier
In such weather, I dream of a volume
On the beauties of Earth in our age,
And I draw an imp of the forest
Just for you on the title-page.
"In Memory of Marina Tsvetaeva" by Boris Pasternak
A tale aboot Spunkie I here hae to tell,
It was frae my mither's ain lips that it fell:
Her grannie, she said, a guid mither an' wife,
Had followed the imp to the loss o' her life.
"Spunkie" by Janet Hamilton
Great God of all wisdom! Why slumber'd on high
The fire-bolts of heaven in folds of the sky?
Why slumber'd the earthquake and white lave stream,
While imps of perdition all bloody and grim -
"Hail to Lochiel And Lovat" by Angus Cameron Robertson
"Where your flesh will waste in the flames that roar,
And my imps torment you forevermore."
Then the cowboy awoke with an anguished cry,
His clothes wet with sweat and his hair standing high
"Hellbound Train" by Anonymous Americas
And from the tins that lay about
Upon the silver shingle
I heard a wee shrill chorus shout,
"Young man, go forth and mingle!"
And then I knew each empty tin
Concealed its special imp within.
"The Minglers" by C J Dennis

In news:

IMP Group needs federal approval for purchase of 650-employee firm.
Imps lack sharpness in loss Southeast Raleigh drops 21-0 shutout on Cary.
Indigo Imp looking for part-time worker.
A playwright, a philosopher, a statesman, a hero—and an imp: That's how I think of Vaclav Havel , who died on Sunday, December 18, aged 75.
Audrey Tautou, the adorable imp of 'Amélie,' has a new trick up her sleeve -- spring dress-up from the New York collections.
As we have seen with Flick Software, this is already resulting in imp...
Huge second half propels Spartans to victory against the Imps, who were making their debut under new coach Patrick Daly.
Additional benefits result from the patented camera system IMP (Intelligent Mark Positioning) that stands for ultimate mark alignment.
(IMPS/NAMP 1114D) 12 cups red wine 6 Tbsp.
Indigo Imp releases new sampler pack.
Indigo Imp Brewery in Cleveland has released a new "Small Batch Sample Pack" featuring four of its beers: Winter Soul, Firebrand, Candi-man and 26 degree Stout.
Indigo Imp isn't afraid of the dark.
Indigo Imp Brewery in Cleveland will hold a beer-tasting from 6 to 9 pm Thursday called "Are You Afraid of the Dark".
Indigo Imp's Autumn ale just in time for fall: Crack One Open.
Imp/Mod Auctions Go with Flow of Buyer Confidence.

In science:

It is thus imp ortant to test these assumptions and the good news is that, to varying extents, this is possible.
Rooted staggered fermions: good, bad or ugly?
An example of a narrow energy spectrum of such a beam measured by the IMP-8 satellite is shown on the left in Figure 17.
Fundamentals of Non-relativistic Collisionless Shock Physics: IV. Quasi-Parallel Supercritical Shocks
FIG. 17: Left: The electron energy distribution as seen by IMP-8 at three times when crossing the foreshock boundary.
Fundamentals of Non-relativistic Collisionless Shock Physics: IV. Quasi-Parallel Supercritical Shocks
Top panel: An early dynamic spectrum observed by the IMP 6 spacecraft in 1972.
Fundamentals of Non-relativistic Collisionless Shock Physics: IV. Quasi-Parallel Supercritical Shocks
But what if viscous corrections are not enough? What if higher fluid velocity gradients would also become imp ortant? The dynamics of strongly coupled medium described by AdS/CFT correspondence contains the exact result, including all gradients of fluid velocity.
Theory Summary: International Symposium on Multiparticle Dynamics 2008