• WordNet 3.6
    • adj impassive deliberately impassive in manner "deadpan humor","his face remained expressionless as the verdict was read"
    • adj impassive having or revealing little emotion or sensibility; not easily aroused or excited "her impassive remoteness","he remained impassive, showing neither interest in nor concern for our plight"- Nordhoff & Hall","a silent stolid creature who took it all as a matter of course"-Virginia Woolf","her face showed nothing but stolid indifference"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Impassive Not susceptible of pain or suffering; apathetic; impassible; unmoved. "Impassive as the marble in the quarry.""On the impassive ice the lightings play."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • impassive Not susceptible of pain or suffering; insensible; impassible.
    • impassive Not showing sensibility or emotion; unmoved; apathetic: as, an impassive manner.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Impassive not susceptible of pain or feeling
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  • Marcus T. Cicero
    “A good orator is pointed and impassioned.”
  • Joseph Conrad
    “The East Wind, an interloper in the dominions of Westerly Weather, is an impassive-faced tyrant with a sharp poniard held behind his back for a treacherous stab.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Through Low L.—L. in, in, passion-em, passion.


In literature:

But the famous lawyer remained impassive.
"Within an Inch of His Life" by Emile Gaboriau
The porter returned, solemn and impassive.
"The Ink-Stain, Complete" by Rene Bazin
This street, in former years, had been unpaved, and had always been rendered impassable by wet weather.
"The Honor of the Name" by Emile Gaboriau
He looked impassively at the ring on my finger.
"The Leavenworth Case" by Anna Katherine Green
With a cry of delight he sprang to her side, and folded her with impassioned tenderness in his arms.
"Frederick the Great and His Court" by L. Mühlbach
Between the first and second terraces the ice was evidently impassable.
"The South Pole, Volumes 1 and 2" by Roald Amundsen
Mrs Crich sat perfectly impassive, as if she had not heard.
"Women in Love" by D. H. Lawrence
As before, she looked into the impassive face of "Turpsichor" while she waited for the door to be answered.
"Sparrows" by Horace W. C. Newte
This was found impassable.
"The Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman, Complete" by William T. Sherman
The rains had been so heavy for some time before that the low-lands had become impassable swamps.
"Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, Complete" by Ulysses S. Grant
The face was secretive, impassive, and cold.
"The Pit" by Frank Norris
I received, the day before yesterday, an impassioned poem evidently not intended for me.
"The Ordeal of Richard Feverel, Complete" by George Meredith
Dahlia replied with letter upon letter; blindly impassioned, and again singularly cold; but with no reproaches.
"Rhoda Fleming, Complete" by George Meredith
Enamoured; impassioned, Ammiani murmured in Vittoria's ear: 'My own soul!
"Vittoria, Complete" by George Meredith
An impassioned Caledonian has a little bothered me.
"Diana of the Crossways, Complete" by George Meredith
She was, nevertheless, an impassioned woman.
"Lord Ormont and his Aminta, Complete" by George Meredith
In her own impassioned ignorance she had told herself that this must be the man in him.
"Shadows of Flames" by Amelie Rives
The road was impassable for mules and ponies.
"The Unveiling of Lhasa" by Edmund Candler
Then he stood looking impassively up at the impassive November stars.
"The Man Who Couldn't Sleep" by Arthur Stringer
I liked her for her fearless, truthful, impassioned character.
"Beatrice Boville and Other Stories" by Ouida

In poetry:

To the piano silently you stepped,
And touched the keys that dumbly glimmered there;
And an impassioned strain of love and grief
Beneath your hands gushed forth upon the air.
"Reconciliation" by Semen Yakovlevich Nadson
Impassioned? ay, to the song's ecstatic core!
But far removed were clangour, storm and feud;
For plenteous health was his, exceeding store
Of joy, and an impassioned quietude.
"Wordsworth's Grave" by William Watson
Great your reward who thus impassion'd move,
By nature taught the heart's persuasive play;
Such deeds your God with pleasure shall approve,
And endless blessings cheer your parting day.
"Lines: Written On Seeing The Children of The Naval Asylum" by Thomas Gent
Impassive, iron, he and they!--and then
With eagle-keener ken
Glanced through the field, the crisis-instant knew,
And through the gap of war
His thundering legions on their victory threw.
"Torres Vedras" by Francis Turner Palgrave
Over the western sea, hither from Niphon come,
Courteous, the swart-cheek'd two-sworded envoys,
Leaning back in their open barouches, bare-headed, impassive,
Ride to-day through Manhattan.
"A Broadway Pageant" by Walt Whitman
She felt my lips' impassioned touch - 'Twas the first time I dared so much,
And yet she chid not;
But whispered o'er my burning brow,
'Oh, do you doubt I love you now?'
Sweet soul! I did not.
"Did Not" by Thomas Moore

In news:

Rains render parts of OKC impassable .
Duluth Police Advise No Travel Due To Flooding, Sink Holes And Impassable Roads.
Impassable road can't stop malaria fighters.
Texas Smart Meter Senate hearing draws impassioned testimony.
Missouri Right to Life president writes impassioned plea for support for Akin.
Public hearing gets impassioned .
Impassioned Biden reassures public workers.
Floyd Mayweather Jr makes impassioned case against ever fighting Manny Pacquiao.
Oil falls as OPEC predicts weak demand, US budget negotiations appear to hit impasse.
The Los Angeles Unified board voted unanimously Tuesday to make arts education a core part of the curriculum following impassioned pleas from students and Hollywood entertainers.
Fearing an Impasse in Congress, Industry Cuts Spending.
Some in GOP favor compromise to get past budget talks impasse.
AZTV7/Cable 13, Me-TV 7.2, RTV 7.3, Phoenix-Prescott, AZStocks slide as impasse over budget deficit looms.
Former President Bill Clinton launched an impassioned defense of President Obama's first term on Wednesday in a nominating speech that was aimed squarely at independent voters.
IRVING — The images of Ray Lewis delivering impassioned pregame sermons are vivid.

In science:

We suggest that this impasse can be broken by introducing the new concept of a maximal ly random jammed state, which can be made precise.
Is Random Close Packing of Spheres Well Defined?
The need for a distinction between irreducibles and primes arose early in the nineteenth century when an impasse was encountered while attempting to prove Fermat’s Last Theorem, since Euclid’s (2) fails to hold in some rings where (1) holds, especially in cases involving real or complex algebraic numbers.
Factorization of integers and arithmetic functions
To break an impasse on physical applications of generalized matrices, we shift our focus to another systems.
Dynamical Theory of Generalized Matrices
The way out of this nonglobality impasse, as presented in this paper, is based on the observation that the functions U in C∞ par (Ω) need not be seen as being defined in terms which are necessarily internal or confined to the set M of independent and dependent variables x ∈ Ω and u ∈ R, respectively.
How to Define Global Lie Group Actions on Functions
One possible way out of this impasse would be to numerically look for stationary points that lie on some lattice (as presumably would be required for S -duality to work).
A note on S-duality for the N=1* Sp(2n) and SO(2n+1) super-Yang-Mills theories
The most successful correction method solves the resolution–intensity impasse by using two beams.
Random Matrices and Chaos in Nuclear Physics
The impasse is not just for register-like constructions.
Linearizable Implementations Do Not Suffice for Randomized Distributed Computation
To overcome the impasse, we pick a small open neighbourhood Vi ⊆ G/G00 of each zi .
Discrete subgroups of locally definable groups
Nevertheless, Wilson’s original idea of confinement on the lattice seems to be too nice to discard so easily. A long time ago, the author proposed a possible way out of the impasse .
A String Project in Multicolour QCD
However, a further fundamental part of quantum information physics provides a solution to this impasse.
Quantum Computing
However, by careful application of information theory one can find a way around this impasse.
Quantum Computing
This work may yet lead us to an impasse, hypotheses multiplying faster than the data.
Concluding Remarks on New Cosmological Data and the Values of the Fundamental Parameters
This impasse was overcome only recently by identifying the right Hopf algebra and finding that the associated finite symmetry transformations do form group49 .
Quantum-Gravity Phenomenology: Status and Prospects
Therefore, it is understandable that there was an impasse in the discovery of new stellar sources of relativistic jets until the development of X-ray astronomy that started with the discovery of the first extra-solar X-ray source by Giacconi et al. (1962).
Microquasars as sources of high energy phenomena
Is it always possible to carry out this colouring job consistantly without ever coming to impasse that the same vector has to coloured both red and greed? Kochen and specker considered a set of 117 directions and showed that such is not the case.
Hidden Variables, Non Contextuality and Einstein-Locality in Quantum Mechanics