• WordNet 3.6
    • adj impatient (usually followed by `to') full of eagerness "impatient to begin","raring to go"
    • adj impatient restless or short-tempered under delay or opposition "impatient with the slower students","impatient of criticism"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Impatient Not patient; not bearing with composure; intolerant; uneasy; fretful; restless, because of pain, delay, or opposition; eager for change, or for something expected; hasty; passionate; -- often followed by at for of, and under. "A violent, sudden, and impatient necessity.""Fame, impatient of extremes, decays
      Not more by envy than excess of praise."
      "The impatient man will not give himself time to be informed of the matter that lies before him.""Dryden was poor and impatient of poverty."
    • Impatient Not to be borne; unendurable.
    • n Impatient One who is impatient.
    • Impatient Prompted by, or exhibiting, impatience; as, impatient speeches or replies.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • impatient Not patient; not bearing or enduring with composure or patience; uneasy under existing conditions, and eager for relief or change; excited by opposition or the thwarting of one's desires; quick-tempered.
    • impatient Intolerant; non-endurant; resistant: as, impatient of control.
    • impatient Prompted by or springing from impatience; exhibiting or expressing impatience: as, an impatient manner.
    • impatient Not to be borne; intolerable.
    • impatient Synonyms and Restless, unquiet, hasty, eager, precipitate, impetuous, vehement.
    • n impatient One who lacks patience.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Impatient im-pā′shent not able to endure or to wait: fretful: restless
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  • Sir John Denham
    Sir John Denham
    “Ambition is like love, impatient both of delays and rivals.”
  • Browning Nagle
    Browning Nagle
    “In certain situations we'd be down and the competitor in me would want to get it all back in one play. That impatience makes for bad plays, mistakes, and turnarounds.”
  • 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.”
  • Paul Boese
    Paul Boese
    “Nature thrives on patience; man on impatience.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. impacient, F. impatient, fr. L. impatiens,; pref. im-, not + patiens, patient. See Patient


In literature:

But for some reason, though he was constrained and impatient and feverishly active, Kenny avoided the subject of Brian.
"Kenny" by Leona Dalrymple
The hound was waiting for us, and testified his impatience by a deep bay.
"The Gold Hunter's Adventures" by William H. Thomes
There, Giles is looking impatient; do not keep him waiting, dear.
"Uncle Max" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
Diane resolutely smothered her impatience.
"Diane of the Green Van" by Leona Dalrymple
Sir George and Mr. Melmoth are well, and very impatient to see you here.
"The History of Emily Montague" by Frances Brooke
Jack made a slight movement of impatience.
"The Odds" by Ethel M. Dell
It was a moment for which he had waited and longed with feverish impatience.
"In Clive's Command" by Herbert Strang
He could see Captain Barney, muffled to the ears, stamping impatiently about on the end of the designated pier.
"Dan Merrithew" by Lawrence Perry
The glimpse I had has made me very impatient to see them more particularly.
"The Bow of Orange Ribbon" by Amelia E. Barr
His brows were bent down, and he kept his foot nervously and impatiently tapping on the floor.
"Sunrise" by William Black
Andrew shrank from her impatiently.
"The Portion of Labor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Impatience and anxiety were paramount, and the struggle was imminent.
"History of the Girondists, Volume I" by Alphonse de Lamartine
He hesitated, arguing with himself impatiently.
"The Backwoodsmen" by Charles G. D. Roberts
He felt an impatience with women who liked that sort of impudence.
"The Bondwoman" by Marah Ellis Ryan
Then again and again it rang, in short, impatient jerks.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
Her impatience for this second letter was as well rewarded as impatience generally is.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
He pushed his plate and newspaper away from him impatiently; a frown showed itself on his beautiful, low brows.
"Under False Pretences" by Adeline Sergeant
These lights exasperated the more impatient.
"Sónnica" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
And the window was slammed to with impatience.
"The Daltons, Volume II (of II) Or,Three Roads In Life" by Charles James Lever
Oh, I shall grow mad with impatience if I talk of this much longer!
"The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly" by Charles James Lever

In poetry:

Where shall I wait, where shall impatience lie,
On what low bed of thorns shall my head rest
Until I meet the uninvited guest,
Will the door open at a secret word
Unknown, unheard?
"The Uninvited Guest" by Marya Zaturenska
And he, whose dreams enshrine her tender eyes,
And she, whose senses wait his waking hand,
Impatient youth, that tired but sleepless lies,
Will read perhaps, and reading, understand.
"The Singer" by Laurence Hope
And now impatient all and wild
They wondered at his stay,
Till one outspake: “A weanling child
Could not make more delay:
If longer slack in coming back,
He’ll bring with him the day.”
"Ned Connor" by Charles Harpur
We sit in judgment on another,
And with impatient zeal condemn
The slightest failing of a brother:
If they to us, and we to them,
Deny forgiveness,—have we not
The lessons of our Lord forgot?
"Introspection" by John Bowring
A little longer, and the lovely light,
Draining the last drops from its wondrous urn,
Departed, and the swart shades in their turn,
Impatient of the momentary mirth,
Crowded to seize the earth.
"After-Glow" by Susan Coolidge
And the thought of to-day shall rebuke ev'ry tear,
And bid ev'ry wish of impatience be still;
And each heart shall be pledg'd to the other, to know
No hope but his mercy, no choice but his will!
"To a Friend, on Taking Leave of Oare" by Caroline Fry

In news:

If you're impatient and want to jump right into printing more complex objects, start with plastic Lincoln Logs.
So you're a Type A personality: hard-charging, status-driven and impatient.
He asked Canup to demonstrate how his worked, and when the baffled CC obliged, the marine grew impatient.
Apparently the folks in Texas are so impatient to secede that they didn't proofread their petition.
I'm kind of an impatient person.
We're impatient, but we have the right to be.
I know I'm going to sound like a whiner or maybe like an overly impatient driver , and maybe I am.but people - come on.
Gamers can be problematic group to buy for, mostly because they are too impatient to wait for Christmas to get the latest release of their favorite games.
Marlins' impatience again evident .
Those who spent the weekend waiting impatiently for the mystery of the softball-sized eyeball in Florida to be solved can now start the week with a sigh of relief.
H e is perched on a desk, legs swinging like an impatient, excitable boy.
Authors who say they were swindled by publisher growing impatient with case delays.
Impatience with the investigation was evident before the start of the 6 pm forum as several community leaders held a press conference outside the school to protest the way the case is being investigated.
Driver becomes impatient in Costco parking lot, assaults man with car.
Gay-rights leaders, for all their impatience with Obama, do not expect a large-scale defection of gays to support Romney.

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
This property is very important especially in the presence of human experts which may not only be expensive to answer but might also get impatient when getting asked implications the algorithm could have inferred by itself.
A General Form of Attribute Exploration
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
Other run-time properties would be appreciated by someone concerned about the sociological phenomenon of an impatient user introducing bias by aborting and restarting the algorithm.
How to Couple from the Past Using a Read-Once Source of Randomness
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
As in previous sections, an impatient reader may skip to § 6.3 where the results of the previous two subsections are summarized and the implications for the structure of the turbulent cascades of the density and field-strength fluctuations are discussed.
Astrophysical gyrokinetics: kinetic and fluid turbulent cascades in magnetized weakly collisional plasmas
Let us, then, turn to the discussion of what we know and what we need to know. I am impatient to know more about this particle. I sketch below a framework for organizing the questions.
Theoretical Summary Lecture for Higgs Hunting 2012
A new era of high energy physics, the Higgs era, has begun. I am awestruck at what has been accomplished in the first chapter of the Higgs story, and I am impatient to see what the Higgs future may bring.
Theoretical Summary Lecture for Higgs Hunting 2012
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 case of impatient semantics is more difficult.
Undecidability of performance equivalence of Petri nets
Decidability of performance equivalence in the last, local-time impatient variant, remains still open.
Undecidability of performance equivalence of Petri nets
The problem of performance equivalence is undecidable for Petri nets under global-time impatient semantics.
Undecidability of performance equivalence of Petri nets