4. To infuse particles of another substance into; to communicate the quality of another to; to cause to be
filled, imbued, mixed, or furnished (with something); as, to impregnate India rubber with sulphur; clothing
impregnated with contagion; rock impregnated with ore.
(Im*preg"nate) v. i. To become pregnant. Addison.
(Im*preg"nate) a. [LL. impraegnatus, p. p.] Impregnated; made prolific.
The scorching rayByron.
Here pierceth not, impregnate with disease.
(Im`preg*na"tion) n. [Cf. F. imprégnation, LL. impraegnatio.]
1. The act of impregnating or the state of being impregnated; fecundation.
2. (Biol.) The fusion of a female germ cell (ovum) with a male germ cell (in animals, a spermatozoön) to
form a single new cell endowed with the power of developing into a new individual; fertilization; fecundation.
In the broadest biological sense, impregnation, or sexual generation, consists simply in the coalescence
of two similar masses of protoplasmic matter, either derived from different parts of the same organism
or from two distinct organisms. From the single mass, which results from the fusion, or coalescence, of
these two masses, a new organism develops.
3. That with which anything is impregnated. Derham.
4. Intimate mixture; infusion; saturation.
5. (Mining) An ore deposit, with indefinite boundaries, consisting of rock impregnated with ore. Raymond.
(Im`pre*ju"di*cate) a. Not prejudged; unprejudiced; impartial. [Obs.] Sir T. Browne.
(Im*pre"na*ble) a. Impregnable. [Obs.]
(Im*prep`a*ra"tion) n. Want of preparation. [Obs.] Hooker.
(||Im*pre"sa) n. [It. See Emprise, and cf. Impress, n., 4.] (Her.) A device on a shield or
seal, or used as a bookplate or the like. [Written also imprese and impress.]
My impresa to your lordship; a swainJ. Webster.
Flying to a laurel for shelter.
(||Im`pre*sa"ri*o) n.; pl. Impresarios [It., from impresa enterprise.] The projector, manager,
or conductor, of an opera or concert company.
(Im`pre*scrip`ti*bil"i*ty) n. [Cf. F. imprescriptibilité.] The quality of being imprescriptible.
(Im`pre*scrip"ti*ble) a. [Pref. im- not + prescriptible: cf. F. imprescriptible.]
1. Not capable of being lost or impaired by neglect, by disuse, or by the claims of another founded on
The right of navigation, fishing, and others that may be exercised on the sea, belonging to the right of
mere ability, are imprescriptible.Vattel (Trans. )
2. Not derived from, or dependent on, external authority; self-evidencing; obvious.
The imprescriptible laws of the pure reason.Colerridge.
(Im`pre*scrip"ti*bly), adv. In an imprescriptible manner; obviously.