hard to be done, and we encounter it and overcome it. A hindrance holds us back for a time, but we
break away from it.
The eloquence of Demosthenes was to Philip of Macedon, a difficulty to be met with his best resources,
an obstacle to his own ambition, and an impediment in his political career.C. J. Smith.
(Im*ped"i*ment), v. t. To impede. [R.] Bp. Reynolds.
(Im*ped`i*men"tal) a. Of the nature of an impediment; hindering; obstructing; impeditive.
Things so impedimental to success.G. H. Lewes.
(Im"pe*dite) a. [L. impeditus, p. p. See Impede.] Hindered; obstructed. [R.] Jer. Taylor.
(Im"pe*dite), v. t. To impede. [Obs.] Boyle.
(Im"pe*di"tion) n. [L. impeditio.] A hindering; a hindrance. [Obs.] Baxier.
(Im*ped"i*tive) a. [Cf. F. impéditif.] Causing hindrance; impeding. "Cumbersome, and impeditive
of motion." Bp. Hall.
(Im*pel") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Impelled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Impelling.] [L. impellere; pref. im- in
+ pellere, pulsum, to drive. See Pulse a beat, and cf. Impulse.] To drive or urge forward or on; to
press on; to incite to action or motion in any way.
The surge impelled me on a craggy coast.Pope.
Syn. To instigate; incite; induce; influence; force; drive; urge; actuate; move.
(Im*pel"lent) a. [L. impellens, p. pr. of impellere.] Having the quality of impelling.
(Im*pel"lent), n. An impelling power or force. Glanvill.
(Im*pel"ler) n. One who, or that which, impels.
(Im*pen") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Impenned and Impent ; p. pr. & vb. n. Impenning.] To shut
up or inclose, as in a pen. Feltham.
(Im*pend") v. t. [L. impendere; pref. im- in + pendere to weigh out, pay.] To pay. [Obs.]
(Im*pend"), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Impended; p. pr. & vb. n. Impending.] [L. impendere; pref.
im- in + pendere to hang. See Pendant.] To hang over; to be suspended above; to threaten from near
at hand; to menace; to be imminent. See Imminent.
Destruction sure o'er all your heads impends.Pope.
(Im*pend"ence Im*pend"en*cy) n. The state of impending; also, that which impends. "Impendence
of volcanic cloud." Ruskin.
(Im*pend"ent) a. [L. impendens, p. pr. of impendere.] Impending; threatening.
Impendent horrors, threatening hideous fall.Milton.