(Im*pos"si*ble), n. An impossibility. [Obs.]

"Madam," quoth he, "this were an impossible!"

(Im*pos"si*bly), adv. Not possibly. Sir. T. North.

(Im"post) n. [OF. impost, F. impot, LL. impostus, fr. L. impostus, p. p. of imponere to impose. See Impone.]

1. That which is imposed or levied; a tax, tribute, or duty; especially, a duty or tax laid by goverment on goods imported into a country.

Even the ship money . . . Johnson could not pronounce to have been an unconstitutional impost.

2. (Arch.) The top member of a pillar, pier, wall, etc., upon which the weight of an arch rests.

The impost is called continuous, if the moldings of the arch or architrave run down the jamb or pier without a break.

Syn. — Tribute; excise; custom; duty; tax.

(Im*post"hu*mate) v. t. [See Imposthume.] To apostemate; to form an imposthume or abscess. Arbuthnot.

(Im*post"hu*mate), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Imposthumated ; p. pr. & vb. n. Imposthumating ] To affect with an imposthume or abscess.

(Im*post"hu*mate) a. Imposthumated.

(Im*post`hu*ma"tion) n.

1. The act of forming an abscess; state of being inflamed; suppuration.

2. An abscess; an imposthume. Coxe.

(Im*post"hume) n. [A corruption of aposteme. See Aposteme.] A collection of pus or purulent matter in any part of an animal body; an abscess.

(Im*post"hume), v. t. & i. Same as Imposthumate.

(Im*pos"tor) n. [L. impostor a deceiver, fr. imponere to impose upon, deceive. See Impone.] One who imposes upon others; a person who assumes a character or title not his own, for the purpose of deception; a pretender. "The fraudulent impostor foul." Milton.

Syn. — Deceiver; cheat; rogue. See Deceiver.

(Im*pos"tor*ship), n. The condition, character, or practice of an impostor. Milton.

(Im*pos"tress Im*pos"trix) n. [LL. impostrix. See Impostor.] A woman who imposes upon or deceives others. [R.] Fuller.

(Im*pos"trous) n. Characterized by imposture; deceitful. "Impostrous pretense of knowledge." Grote.

(Im*pos"tur*age) n. Imposture; cheating. [R.] Jer. Taylor.

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