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A colloquial term referring to the unlawful acquisition of public money through questionable and improper transactions with public officials.

Graft is the personal gain or advantage earned by an individual at the expense of others as a result of the exploitation of the singular status of, or an influential relationship with, another who has a position of public trust or confidence. The advantage or gain is accrued without any exchange of legitimate compensatory services.

Behavior that leads to graft includes Bribery and dishonest dealings in the performance of public or official acts. Graft usually implies the existence of theft, corruption, Fraud, and the lack of integrity that is expected in any transaction involving a public official.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

GRAFT. A figurative term in chancery practice, to designate the right of a mortgagee in premises, to which the mortgagor at the time of making the mortgage had an imperfect title, but who afterwards obtained a good title. In this case the new mortgage is considered a graft into the old stock, and, as arising in consideration of the former title. 1 Ball & Beat. 46; Id. 40; Id. 57; 1 Pow. on Mortg. 190. See 9 Mass. 34. The same principle has obtained by legislative enactment in Louisiana. If a person contracting an obligation towards another, says the Civil Code, art. 2371, grants a mortgage on property of which he is not then the owner, this mortgage shall be valid, if the debtor should ever acquire the ownership of, the property, by whatever right.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Yilmaz, Synthesis, characterization and antibacterial activity of poly(N-vinylimidazole) grafted chitosan, Carbohyd.
Color fastness of disperse dyeing AA grafted PSA fibers at different conditions (degree of grafting ~30%) (a) Color fastness to washing, (b) Color fastness to light, and (c) Color fastness to high temperature.
Effect of grafting on survival of cucumber, watermelon and melon plants grafted onto Cucurbita spp.
On 28th day, the grafted tissue of strip graft showed collagen fibers arranged in an orderly manner.
(2012) for jabuticabeira Olho de Boi and Sabara (scions) grafted onto Hybrid jabuticabeira (rootstock) (5.47 and 0.28cm, respectively), in which both combinations were grafted using the cleft grafting technique.
A rootstock might influence the eventual size of a plant, as attested to by my 10-year-old 'Liberty' apple tree, topping out at 8 feet high thanks to the M27 dwarfing rootstock onto which it's grafted. Some rootstocks promote quicker bearing, or tolerance to soils that are too wet, too dry, too salty, or nematode-infested.
Grafting can actually be thought of as creating two separate pattern rows: one on the front needle and one on the back needle (even though the grafted row is a single row).
In July 2008, another group of 'Japones' rootstock quince plants were bud grafted according with the same protocol (winter budding).
The grafted POE samples were dissolved in refluxing xylene at a concentration of 1% (wt/vol), and excess acetone was then added to precipitate them.
The grafted bone can on one hand be regarded as mainly a partially necrotic tissue that in an unknown time- frame goes through stages of resorption later to act as a scaffold for new bone formation.
The grafted cellulose was precipitated by 5ml distilled acidified water then the mixture was filtered and washed well by distilled water and dried at 60C.