Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Importable adjective [ Confer French importable . See Import .] Capable of being imported.

Importable adjective [ Latin importabilis ; prefix im- not + portabilis bearable: confer Old French importable . See Portable .] Not to be endured; insupportable; intolerable. [ Obsolete] Chaucer. -- Im*port"a*ble*ness , noun [ Obsolete]

Importance noun [ French importance . See Important .]
1. The quality or state of being important; consequence; weight; moment; significance.

Thy own importance know,
Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

2. Subject; matter. [ Obsolete]

Upon importance of so slight and trivial a nature.

3. Import; meaning; significance. [ Obsolete]

The wisest beholder could not say if the importance were joy or sorrow.

4. Importunity; solicitation. [ Obsolete]

At our importance hither is he come.

Importancy noun Importance; significance; consequence; that which is important. [ Obsolete] Shak. "Careful to conceal importancies ." Fuller.

Important adjective [ French important . See Import , transitive verb ]
1. Full of, or burdened by, import; charged with great interests; restless; anxious. [ Obsolete]

Thou hast strength as much
As serves to execute a mind very important .

2. Carrying or possessing weight or consequence; of valuable content or bearing; significant; weighty.

Things small as nothing . . .
He makes important .

3. Bearing on; forcible; driving. [ Obsolete]

He fiercely at him flew,
And with important outrage him assailed.

4. Importunate; pressing; urgent. [ Obsolete] Shak.

Syn. -- Weighty; momentous; significant; essential; necessary; considerable; influential; serious.

Importantly adverb In an important manner.

Importation noun [ Confer French importation . See Import , transitive verb ]
1. The act of carrying, conveying, or delivering. [ R.]

2. The act or practice of importing, or bringing into a country or state; -- opposed to exportation .

3. That which is imported; commodities or wares introduced into a country from abroad.

Importer noun One who imports; the merchant who brings goods into a country or state; -- opposed to exporter .

Importing adjective Full of meaning. [ Obsolete] Shak.

Importless adjective Void of meaning. [ Obsolete] Shak.

Importunable adjective Heavy; insupportable. [ Obsolete] Sir T. More.

Importunacy noun [ From Importunate .] The quality of being importunate; importunateness.

Importunate adjective [ See Importune .]
1. Troublesomely urgent; unreasonably solicitous; overpressing in request or demand; urgent; teasing; as, an impotunate petitioner, curiosity. Whewell.

2. Hard to be borne; unendurable. [ R.] Donne.

-- Im*por"tu*nate*ly , adverb -- Im*por"tu*nate*ness , noun

Importunator noun One who importunes; an importuner. [ Obsolete] Sir E. Sandys.

Importune adjective [ French importun , Latin importunus ; prefix im- not + a derivative from the root of portus harbor, importunus therefore orig. meaning, hard of access. See Port harbor, and confer Importunate .]
1. Inopportune; unseasonable. [ Obsolete]

2. Troublesome; vexatious; persistent; urgent; hence, vexatious on account of untimely urgency or pertinacious solicitation. [ Obsolete]

And their importune fates all satisfied.

Of all other affections it [ envy] is the most importune and continual.

Importune transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Importuned ; present participle & verbal noun Importuning .] [ From Importune , adjective : confer French importuner .]
1. To request or solicit, with urgency; to press with frequent, unreasonable, or troublesome application or pertinacity; hence, to tease; to irritate; to worry.

Their ministers and residents here have perpetually importuned the court with unreasonable demands.

2. To import; to signify. [ Obsolete] "It importunes death." Spenser.

Importune intransitive verb To require; to demand. [ Obsolete]

We shall write to you,
As time and our concernings shall importune .

Importunely adverb In an importune manner. [ Obsolete]

Importuner noun One who importunes.

Importunity noun ; plural Importunities . [ Latin importunitas unsuitableness, rudeness: confer French importunité .] The quality of being importunate; pressing or pertinacious solicitation; urgent request; incessant or frequent application; troublesome pertinacity.

O'ercome with importunity and tears.

Importuous adjective [ Latin importuosus ; prefix im- not + portuosus abounding in harbors, from portus harbor.] Without a port or harbor. [ R.]

Imposable adjective [ Confer French imposable .] Capable of being imposed or laid on. Hammond.

Imposableness noun Quality of being imposable.

Impose transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Imposed ; present participle & verbal noun Imposing .] [ French imposer ; prefix im- in + poser to place. See Pose , transitive verb ]
1. To lay on; to set or place; to put; to deposit.

Cakes of salt and barley [ she] did impose
Within a wicker basket.

2. To lay as a charge, burden, tax, duty, obligation, command, penalty, etc.; to enjoin; to levy; to inflict; as, to impose a toll or tribute.

What fates impose , that men must needs abide.

Death is the penalty imposed .

Thou on the deep imposest nobler laws.

3. (Eccl.) To lay on, as the hands, in the religious rites of confirmation and ordination.

4. (Print.) To arrange in proper order on a table of stone or metal and lock up in a chase for printing; -- said of columns or pages of type, forms, etc.

Impose intransitive verb To practice tricks or deception.

To impose on or upon , to pass or put a trick on; to delude. "He imposes on himself, and mistakes words for things." Locke.

Impose noun A command; injunction. [ Obsolete] Shak.

Imposement noun Imposition. [ Obsolete]

Imposer noun One who imposes.

The imposers of these oaths might repent.

Imposing adjective
1. Laying as a duty; enjoining.

2. Adapted to impress forcibly; impressive; commanding; as, an imposing air; an imposing spectacle. "Large and imposing edifices." Bp. Hobart.

3. Deceiving; deluding; misleading.

Imposing noun (Print.) The act of imposing the columns of a page, or the pages of a sheet. See Impose , transitive verb , 4.

Imposing stone (Print.) , the stone on which the pages or columns of types are imposed or made into forms; - - called also imposing table .

Imposingly adverb In an imposing manner.

Imposingness noun The quality of being imposing.

Imposition noun [ French, from Latin impositio the application of a name to a thing. See Impone .]
1. The act of imposing, laying on, affixing, enjoining, inflicting, obtruding, and the like. "From imposition of strict laws." Milton.

Made more solemn by the imposition of hands.

2. That which is imposed, levied, or enjoined; charge; burden; injunction; tax.

3. (Eng. Univ.) An extra exercise enjoined on students as a punishment. T. Warton.

4. An excessive, arbitrary, or unlawful exaction; hence, a trick or deception put on laid on others; cheating; fraud; delusion; imposture.

Reputation is an idle and most false imposition .

5. (Eccl.) The act of laying on the hands as a religious ceremoy, in ordination, confirmation, etc.

6. (Print.) The act or process of imosing pages or columns of type. See Impose , transitive verb , 4.

Syn. -- Deceit; fraud; imposture. See Deception .

Impossibility noun ; plural Impossibilities . [ Latin impossibilitas : confer French impossibilité .]
1. The quality of being impossible; impracticability.

They confound difficulty with impossibility .

2. An impossible thing; that which can not be thought, done, or endured.

Impossibilities ! O, no, there's none.

3. Inability; helplessness. [ R.] Latimer.

Logical impossibility , a condition or statement involving contradiction or absurdity; as, that a thing can be and not be at the same time. See Principle of Contradiction , under Contradiction .

Impossible adjective [ French, from Latin impossibilis ; prefix im- not + possibilis possible. See Possible .] Not possible; incapable of being done, of existing, etc.; unattainable in the nature of things, or by means at command; insuperably difficult under the circumstances; absurd or impracticable; not feasible.

With men this is impossible ; but with God all things are possible.
Matt. xix. 26.

Without faith it is impossible to please him.
Hebrew xi. 6.

Impossible quantity (Math.) , an imaginary quantity. See Imaginary .

Syn. -- See Impracticable .

Impossible noun An impossibility. [ Obsolete]

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

Impossibly adverb Not possibly. Sir. T. North.

Impost noun [ Old French impost , French impot , Late Latin impostus , from Latin impostus , past participle 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. (Architecture) 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.

Imposthumate transitive verb [ See Imposthume .] To apostemate; to form an imposthume or abscess. Arbuthnot.

Imposthumate transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Imposthumated ; present participle & verbal noun Imposthumating .] To affect with an imposthume or abscess.

Imposthumate adjective Imposthumated.

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

2. An abscess; an imposthume. Coxe.

Imposthume noun [ A corruption of aposteme . See Aposteme .] A collection of pus or purulent matter in any part of an animal body; an abscess.

Imposthume transitive verb & i. Same as Imposthumate .

Impostor noun [ Latin impostor a deceiver, from 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 .

Impostorship noun The condition, character, or practice of an impostor. Milton.

Impostress, Impostrix noun [ Late Latin impostrix . See Impostor .] A woman who imposes upon or deceives others. [ R.] Fuller.

Impostrous noun Characterized by imposture; deceitful. " Impostrous pretense of knowledge." Grote.

Imposturage noun Imposture; cheating. [ R.] Jer. Taylor.

Imposture noun [ Latin impostura : confer French imposture . See Impone .] The act or conduct of an impostor; deception practiced under a false or assumed character; fraud or imposition; cheating.

From new legends
And fill the world with follies and impostures .

Syn. -- Cheat; fraud; trick; imposition; delusion.