Definitions for: Imminent

[adj] 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"

Webster (1913) Definition: Im"mi*nent, a. [L. imminens, p. pr. of imminere to
project; pref. im- in + minere (in comp.) to jut, project.
See Eminent.]
1. Threatening to occur immediately; near at hand; impending;
-- said especially of misfortune or peril. ``In danger
imminent.'' --Spenser.

2. Full of danger; threatening; menacing; perilous.

Hairbreadth scapes i' the imminent deadly breach.

3. (With upon) Bent upon; attentive to. [R.]

Their eyes ever imminent upon worldly matters.

Syn: Impending; threatening; near; at hand.

Usage: Imminent, Impending, Threatening. Imminent is
the strongest: it denotes that something is ready to
fall or happen on the instant; as, in imminent danger
of one's life. Impending denotes that something hangs
suspended over us, and may so remain indefinitely; as,
the impending evils of war. Threatening supposes some
danger in prospect, but more remote; as, threatening
indications for the future.

Three times to-day You have defended me from
imminent death. --Shak.

No story I unfold of public woes, Nor bear
advices of impending foes. --Pope.

Fierce faces threatening war. --Milton.

Synonyms: at hand(p), close, close at hand(p), impending

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