• WordNet 3.6
    • n impatience a dislike of anything that causes delay
    • n impatience a restless desire for change and excitement
    • n impatience a lack of patience; irritation with anything that causes delay
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Impatience The quality of being impatient; lack of endurance of pain, suffering, opposition, or delay; eagerness for change, or for something expected; restlessness; chafing of spirit; fretfulness; passion; as, the impatience of a child or an invalid. "I then, . . . Out of my grief and my impatience ,
      Answered neglectingly."
      "With huge impatience he inly swelt
      More for great sorrow that he could not pass,
      Than for the burning torment which he felt."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n impatience The state or character of lacking patience; restlessness under existing conditions; eager desire for relief or change.
    • n impatience Intolerance of anything that thwarts or hinders; passionate vehemence; in a milder sense, quickness of temper; touchiness.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Impatience want of patience
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  • Sir John Denham
    Sir John Denham
    “Ambition is like love, impatient both of delays and rivals.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Avoid being impatient. Remember time brings roses.”
  • Lord Chesterfield
    “There is nothing that people bear more impatiently, or forgive less, than contempt: and an injury is much sooner forgotten than an insult.”
  • Italian Proverb
    Italian Proverb
    “He who is not impatient is not in love.”
  • W. H. Auden
    “Perhaps there is only one cardinal sin: impatience. Because of impatience we were driven out of Paradise, because of impatience we cannot return.”
  • Paul Boese
    Paul Boese
    “Nature thrives on patience; man on impatience.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. impacience, F. impatience, fr. L. impatientia,


In literature:

For over an hour Wilder waited below, now and then casting impatient glances upward.
"The Lone Ranche" by Captain Mayne Reid
Impatience and ennui had fairly mastered me.
"The Rifle Rangers" by Captain Mayne Reid
Gradually Sir Donald's champing impatience for speedy retribution sufficiently subsides for intelligent survey of the situation.
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee
Indeed, he was fired with new impatience to work night and day against the hour of escape.
"As It Was in the Beginning" by Philip Verrill Mighels
In a frenzy of impatience I seized the two long plaits, and twisted them now this way, now that.
"The Lady of the Basement Flat" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
Don't be so durned impatient, boy.
"The War Trail" by Mayne Reid
I waited with some impatience for an answer.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
And see, our friend yonder grows impatient.
"Rookwood" by William Harrison Ainsworth
Impatiently he pushed the diary from him.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
Olga started to yank the blanket away, but the look of suffering in the white face stayed her impatient hand.
"The Torch Bearer" by I. T. Thurston
He listened impatiently as she briefly recounted the scene which had taken place in the summer-house.
"Fairy Fingers" by Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
The thought of that walk home in the darkness fills him with a passion of irritable impatience.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
I feel impatient to get away from the place; which under the circumstances, you won't wonder at.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
He chided her caprice, which he endured impatiently, and with little show of forbearance.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2)" by John Roby
This letter betrays the impatience of General Toombs over any mismanagement.
"Robert Toombs" by Pleasant A. Stovall
Madame de Talizac shrugged her shoulders impatiently.
"The Son of Monte Christo" by Jules Lermina
Impatience is the fault of the people.
"Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers" by Various
Nathan was often impatient of late.
"The Wind Before the Dawn" by Dell H. Munger
She grew impatient for the finishing blow.
"The Cup of Fury" by Rupert Hughes
He took out the contents with a little impatience, throwing across to her her share of the correspondence.
"Sir Tom" by Mrs. Oliphant

In poetry:

He shook his wings and crimson tail,
And set his head aslant,
And, in his sharp, impatient way,
Asked, "What does Charlie want?"
"The Common Question" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Bring, O bring th' impatient steed,
Let us to the threshold speed,
Where we shed the tear of bliss,
Where we meet a mother's kiss!
"Dulce Domum," by Helen Maria Williams
The restless tide's impatient wave
In from the broad Pacific rolls
And sunset marks a mystic way
To the far-shining Port of Souls.
"Vale" by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay
And when to England bound once more,
I shall with fond impatience burn,
Will not some others on the shore
As fondly look for my return!
"A Sailor's Song" by Matilda Betham
Thus he spoke and ceased. The Abbot
Lent him an impatient hearing,
Then outbroke with angry accent,
"We have borne three years, thou sayest?
"Fra Pedro" by Emma Lazarus
I read them through. I read and saw
The soul impatient of the sod—
Her soul, that through her eyes did draw
Mine—to the higher love of God.
"Apocalypse" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

BEIRUT — Say­ing he is impa­tient and frus­trated, spe­cial envoy Kofi Annan called on the Syr­ian pres­i­dent Fri­day to imple­ment a U.N.-brokered peace plan fol­low­ing a hor­rific week­end mas­sacre that killed more than 100 people.
Annan ' impatient and frustrated' over Syria.
Fertility guide for the impatient woman 5-18-2012.
What The Rest of Us Can Learn From Impatient Gay Activists.
Bottas "'not impatient " for race seat. Any advice for managing impatience , and keeping your spirits up during what can be an exceptionally trying time.
In The Impatient Woman's Guide to Getting Pregnant, I share 14 proven strategies to deal with the anxiety of TTC.
Virginia transfers Harrell, Johnson reflect impatient youth basketball culture.
Impatient anti-abortion activists putting 'personhood' to a vote.
Impatient , very much so.
Google's Schmidt ' impatient ' over questions about Google Ideas.
Senators Impatient Over Biden Group's Debt Plan.
With these three works you're free to indulge your impatience and skip around till you find something that grabs your attention.
Impatient Woman Destroys $1,600 Worth of Booze from NY Liquor Store.
Chamber 'encouraged but impatient ' in schools report card.

In science:

In order to get explicit results, we consider now the agent whose utility function has the form U (ω , t, x) = exp(−β t) log(x), where the impatience rate β is a positive constant.
Utility Maximization with a Stochastic Clock and an Unbounded Random Endowment
Fix η < ζ < σ < s; the impatient reader can readily look at the end of the proof how to choose the auxiliary parameters η and ζ more precisely.
A simple proof of the invariant torus theorem
In this section, there are proofs analogous to proofs given in Section 3; we will indicate when this is the case so that the impatient reader may skip or skim them as desired.
The Maximal Rank Conjecture for Sections of Curves
Perfect simulation of some point processes for the impatient user.
How to Couple from the Past Using a Read-Once Source of Randomness
For impatient readers the punchline of this analysis can be found in Section V and specifically in Figs. 8 and 9.
Contact Interaction Searches at the Linear Collider: Energy, Luminosity and Positron Polarization Dependencies
This is particularly important near the best prices, when impatient traders are likely to be willing to take precedence over their colleagues.
Exclusion particle models of limit order financial markets
Impatient agents will be characterized by a non-increasing discount rate r(s).
Consumption and Portfolio Rules for Time-Inconsistent Investors
The distinction depends on the choice between global-time or local-time approach, and on the way of synchronisation (patient and impatient approach).
Undecidability of performance equivalence of Petri nets
While the patient variants are easily undecidable, the proof for global-time impatient semantics is nontrivial and constitutes the main technical contribution of the paper.
Undecidability of performance equivalence of Petri nets
Under the impatient local-time semantics, the question is still open.
Undecidability of performance equivalence of Petri nets
Then Section 3 is devoted to the proof of undecidability under global-time impatient variant.
Undecidability of performance equivalence of Petri nets
We distinguish four different durational semantics, depending on whether it is patient or impatient, and whether it is global-time or local-time.
Undecidability of performance equivalence of Petri nets
In addition, the following is required, depending on the variant of semantics: – local-time, patient semantics: max-stamp( ¯X ) = t. – local-time, impatient semantics: stamps( ¯X ) = {t}.
Undecidability of performance equivalence of Petri nets
Intuitively, in the patient semantics, a token with an ”earlier” (smaller) timestamp may ”wait” for other tokens with ”later” time-stamps; but this is not allowed in the impatient variant, where the tokens must agree on their timestamps to be able to fire synchronously a transition rule.
Undecidability of performance equivalence of Petri nets
The case of impatient semantics is more difficult.
Undecidability of performance equivalence of Petri nets