impending


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im·pend

 (ĭm-pĕnd′)
intr.v. im·pend·ed, im·pend·ing, im·pends
1. To be about to occur: Her retirement is impending.
2. To threaten to happen; menace: discouraged by the trouble that impended.
3. Archaic To jut out; hang suspended.

[Latin impendēre : in-, over; see in-2 + pendēre, to hang; see (s)pen- in Indo-European roots.]

impending

(ɪmˈpɛndɪŋ) or

impendent

adj
about to happen; imminent
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.impending - close in timeimpending - close in time; about to occur; "retribution is at hand"; "some people believe the day of judgment is close at hand"; "in imminent danger"; "his impending retirement"
close - at or within a short distance in space or time or having elements near each other; "close to noon"; "how close are we to town?"; "a close formation of ships"

impending

adjective looming, coming, approaching, near, nearing, threatening, forthcoming, brewing, imminent, hovering, upcoming, on the horizon, in the pipeline, in the offing He had told us that morning of his impending marriage.

impending

adjective
About to occur at any moment:
Translations

impending

[ɪmˈpendɪŋ] ADJ (gen) → inminente
his impending retirementsu inminente jubilación
a sign of impending disasteruna señal de que se avecina un desastre

impending

[ɪmˈpɛndɪŋ] adjimminent(e)

impending

adjbevorstehend; death, disaster alsonahe; storm alsoheraufziehend; (= threatening)drohend; a sense of impending doomeine Ahnung von unmittelbar drohendem Unheil

impending

[ɪmˈpɛndɪŋ] adj (birth, storm, retirement) → imminente; (doom, disaster) → incombente
References in classic literature ?
But Jo hated `philandering', and wouldn't allow it, always having a joke or a smile ready at the least sign of impending danger.
The moon had already sunk into an immense pile of black clouds, which lay impending above the western horizon, when they issued from the low and devious water-course to rise again to the light and level of the sandy but wooded plain.
It will be better in a day or two," he continued, casting a longing look towards the door--the first refuge of masculine weakness in an impending domestic emergency.
In the front gable, under the impending brow of the second story, and contiguous to the street, was a shop-door, divided horizontally in the midst, and with a window for its upper segment, such as is often seen in dwellings of a somewhat ancient date.
He was a person of very striking aspect, with a white, lofty, and impending brow; large, brown, melancholy eyes, and a mouth which, unless when he forcibly compressed it, was apt to be tremulous, expressing both nervous sensibility and a vast power of self restraint.
He could hardly grasp the thing-- much less try to solve it; but a hundred wild surmises came to him, a sense of impending calamity overwhelmed him.
You couldn't hire one of them to go back during the century, if the explosion was still impending.
One evening on board a Mississippi steamboat, a boy of ten years lay asleep in a berth--a long, slim-legged boy, he was, encased in quite a short shirt; it was the first time he had ever made a trip on a steamboat, and so he was troubled, and scared, and had gone to bed with his head filled with impending snaggings, and explosions, and conflagrations, and sudden death.
Could he have seen the heart, he would have cared very little for the lungs; but without the most distant imagination of the impending evil, without the slightest perception of any thing extraordinary in the looks or ways of either, he repeated to them very comfortably all the articles of news he had received from Mr.
The curious little shops in the back street; the high impending sea; the old town-hall on the beach; the pilots, the fishermen, the passing ships -- she noticed all these objects as indifferently as if Aldborough had been familiar to her from her infancy.
Hence Monseigneur had taken his sister from a convent, while there was yet time to ward off the impending veil, the cheapest garment she could wear, and had bestowed her as a prize upon a very rich Farmer-General, poor in family.
The interest of the impending pursuit not only absorbed the general attention, but even made my sister liberal.