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1. Something, such as a tax or duty, that is imposed.
2. Sports The weight a horse must carry in a handicap race.
[Obsolete French, from Old French, from Medieval Latin impostum, from Latin, neuter of impostus, variant of impositus, past participle of impōnere, to place upon; see impose.]
The uppermost part of a column or pillar supporting an arch.
[French imposte, from Italian imposta, from Latin, feminine past participle of impōnere, to place upon; see impose.]
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1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a tax, esp a customs duty
2. (Horse Racing) horse racing the specific weight that a particular horse must carry in a handicap race
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (tr) US to classify (imported goods) according to the duty payable on them
[C16: from Medieval Latin impostus tax, from Latin impositus imposed; see impose]
(Architecture) architect a member at the top of a wall, pier, or column that supports an arch, esp one that has a projecting moulding
[C17: from French imposte, from Latin impositus placed upon; see impose]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
1. a tax; duty; levy.
2. the weight assigned to a horse in a race.
[1560–70; < Medieval Latin impostus a tax, variant of impositus, past participle of impōnere to impose]
1. the point of springing of an arch; spring.
2. an architectural feature immediately beneath this point.
[1655–65; < French imposte < Italian imposta < Latin: feminine of impostus (past participle): see impost1]
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Past participle: imposted
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|Noun||1.||impost - money collected under a tariff|
tariff, duty - a government tax on imports or exports; "they signed a treaty to lower duties on trade between their countries"
ship money - an impost levied in England to provide money for ships for national defense
|2.||impost - the lowest stone in an arch -- from which it springs|
arch - (architecture) a masonry construction (usually curved) for spanning an opening and supporting the weight above it
stone - building material consisting of a piece of rock hewn in a definite shape for a special purpose; "he wanted a special stone to mark the site"
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1. A compulsory contribution, usually of money, that is required for the support of a government:
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