[im-pur-fikt] /ɪmˈpɜr fɪkt/
of, relating to, or characterized by defects or weaknesses:
not perfect; lacking completeness:
Grammar. noting action or state still in process at some temporal point of reference, particularly in the past.
Law. being without legal effect or support; unenforceable.
Botany. (of a flower) diclinous.
Music. of or relating to the interval of a major or minor third or sixth.
Compare (def 13a).
the imperfect tense.
another verb formation or construction with imperfect meaning.
a form in the imperfect, as Latin portābam, “I was carrying.”.
exhibiting or characterized by faults, mistakes, etc; defective
not complete or finished; deficient
(grammar) denoting a tense of verbs used most commonly in describing continuous or repeated past actions or events, as for example was walking as opposed to walked
(law) (of a trust, an obligation, etc) lacking some necessary formality to make effective or binding; incomplete; legally unenforceable See also executory (sense 1)
mid-14c., imperfite, from Old French imparfait, from Latin imperfectus “unfinished, incomplete,” from assimilated form of in- “not, opposite of” (see in- (1)) + perfectus (see perfect). Replaced mid-16c. by the Latin form. Related: Imperfectly.
noun, Prosody. 1. rhyme in which either the vowels or the consonants of stressed syllables are identical, as in eyes, light; years, yours. noun 1. (prosody) another term for half-rhyme
noun, Mycology. 1. a phase in the life cycle of certain fungi in which either no spores or asexual spores, as conidia, are produced. imperfect stage n. The asexual phase in the life cycle of a fungus.
[im-pur-fer-it, -fuh-reyt] /ɪmˈpɜr fər ɪt, -fəˌreɪt/ adjective 1. Also, imperforated. not ; having no perforation. 2. Philately. (of a number of stamps joined together) lacking the perforations usually separating individual stamps. noun 3. an imperforate stamp. /ɪmˈpɜːfərɪt; -ˌreɪt/ adjective 1. not perforated 2. (of a postage stamp) not provided with perforation or any other means […]
- Imperforate anus
imperforate anus n. See anal atresia.