Hypertext Webster Gateway: "imperfect"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Preterimperfect \Pre`ter*im*per"fect\, a. & n. [Pref. preter- +
imperfect.] (Gram.)
Old name of the tense also called {imperfect}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Imperfect \Im*per"fect\, a. [L. imperfectus: pref. im- not +
perfectus perfect: cf. F imparfait, whence OE. imparfit. See
1. Not perfect; not complete in all its parts; wanting a
part; deective; deficient.

Something he left imperfect in the state. --Shak.

Why, then, your other senses grow imperfect. --Shak.

2. Wanting in some elementary organ that is essential to
successful or normal activity.

He . . . stammered like a child, or an amazed,
imperfect person. --Jer. Taylor.

3. Not fulfilling its design; not realizing an ideal; not
conformed to a standard or rule; not satisfying the taste
or conscience; esthetically or morally defective.

Nothing imperfect or deficient left Of all that he
created. --Milton.

Then say not man's imperfect, Heaven in fault; Say
rather, man's as perfect as he ought. --Pope.

{Imperfect arch}, an arch of less than a semicircle; a skew

{Imperfect cadence} (Mus.), one not ending with the tonic,
but with the dominant or some other chord; one not giving
complete rest; a half close.

{Imperfect consonances} (Mus.), chords like the third and
sixth, whose ratios are less simple than those of the
fifth and forth.

{Imperfect flower} (Bot.), a flower wanting either stamens or
pistils. --Gray.

{Imperfect interval} (Mus.), one a semitone less than
perfect; as, an imperfect fifth.

{Imperfect number} (Math.), a number either greater or less
than the sum of its several divisors; in the former case,
it is called also a {defective number}; in the latter, an
{abundant number}.

{Imperfect obligations} (Law), obligations as of charity or
gratitude, which cannot be enforced by law.

{Imperfect power} (Math.), a number which can not be produced
by taking any whole number or vulgar fraction, as a
factor, the number of times indicated by the power; thus,
9 is a perfect square, but an imperfect cube.

{Imperfect tense}
(Gram), a tense expressing past time and incomplete

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Imperfect \Im*per"fect\, n. (Gram.)
The imperfect tense; or the form of a verb denoting the
imperfect tense.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Imperfect \Im*per"fect\, v. t.
To make imperfect. [Obs.]

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: not perfect; defective or inadequate; "had only an imperfect
understanding of his responsibilities"; "imperfect
mortals"; "drainage here is imperfect" [ant: {perfect}]
2: having the attributes of man as opposed to e.g. divine
beings; "I'm only human"; "frail humanity" [syn: {fallible},
{frail}, {weak}]
n : a tense of verbs used in describing action that is on-going
[syn: {progressive}, {progressive tense}, {imperfect
tense}, {continuous tense}]

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