Imperfect

Definition of Imperfect

Im`per´fect   Pronunciation: ĭm`pẽr´fĕkt
a.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 arch.
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.
Imperfect interval
(Mus.) one a semitone less than perfect; as, an imperfect fifth.
- Gray.
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 action.
n.1.(Gram.) The imperfect tense; or the form of a verb denoting the imperfect tense.
v. t.1.To make imperfect.

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