impede

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v impede block passage through "obstruct the path"
    • v impede be a hindrance or obstacle to "She is impeding the progress of our project"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A diet high in fat is said to impede memory
    • v. t Impede To hinder; to stop in progress; to obstruct; as, to impede the advance of troops. "Whatever hinders or impedes The action of the nobler will."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • impede To be an obstacle to; stand in the way of; hinder; obstruct.
    • impede Synonyms To clog, retard, delay, check, fetter, hamper.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Impede im-pēd′ to hinder or obstruct
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Quotations

  • Frank Moore Colby
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    “That is the consolation of a little mind; you have the fun of changing it without impeding the progress of mankind.”
  • George F. Will
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    “The pursuit of perfection often impedes improvement.”
  • Robert Burns
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    “Suspicion is a heavy armor and with its weight it impedes more than it protects.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. impedire, lit., to entangle the feet; pref. im-, in + pes, pedis, foot. See Foot, and cf. Impeach
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. impedīrein, in, pes, pedis, a foot.

Usage

In literature:

They have even thrown away their arms that their flight might not be impeded.
"Stonewall Jackson And The American Civil War" by G. F. R. Henderson
He kills me with his unapproachable dignity; and all this cools my friendship, and impedes my sincerity.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Vol. 53, No. 331, May, 1843" by Various
The native malee generally plants his fruit trees so close together that they impede each other's growth and strength.
"Flowers and Flower-Gardens" by David Lester Richardson
Thus it is that the progress of truth has been greatly impeded.
"The Church and Modern Life" by Washington Gladden
Imagination impeded Henry Irving in what are known as "strong" scenes.
"The Story of My Life" by Ellen Terry
He knows not where he hits me, he knows not what business he impedes.
"Bismarck and the Foundation of the German Empire" by James Wycliffe Headlam
However, it was prime condition, and activity was not impeded, but rather received impetus.
"The Three Brides" by Charlotte M. Yonge
We were also impeded by a river, and the natives on every side were hostile.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. IV." by Robert Kerr
Their weather had been very bad; severe gales of wind from the north-west and heavy rains often impeding their fishery and other labour.
"An Account of the English Colony in New South Wales, Vol. 1" by David Collins
The buzz of conversation in the House impedes its usual business no more than the dust raised by a troop impedes its march.
"The Man Who Laughs" by Victor Hugo
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In poetry:

It bids all present forms decay,
All present feelings fade away;
Impeding distance, long delay
Are o'er!
"Vignette - XVIII" by Matilda Betham
Oft have I fear'd the breath of foolish praise,
Might taint the lily which so humbly grew;
That flattery's sun might shoot delusive rays,
Impede her progress, and distract her view.
"Elegy On Sophia Graham" by Matilda Betham
At first the march was over a ridge of gravel,
But it didn't impede the noble heroes' travel;
No, they were as steady as when marching in the valley below,
And each man was eager to attack the foe.
"The Battle of Atbara" by William Topaz McGonagall
But thousand evil things there are that hate
To look on happiness; these hurt, impede;
And leagued with time, space, circumstance, and fate,
Keep kindred heart from heart to pine, and pant, and bleed.
"Twilight Thoughts" by Maria Gowen Brooks
And the youth then sought the chase,
Onward pressed with headlong speed
To the mountain's gloomiest place,—
Naught his progress could impede;
And before him, like the wind,
Swiftly flies the trembling hind!
"The Alpine Hunter" by Friedrich von Schiller
How blest the unbodied minds above,
Who still desire, delight, and love,
And nought impedes the work, or clouds the joy!
No listless inattention there,
Nor tempting toy, nor gloomy care;
Celestial pleasure smiles without alloy!
"A Complaint of the Mind" by Ann Steele

In news:

Online Degrees Don't Impede Job Searches.
EU Patent Law Could Impede Open Source.
Democrats' Legal Challenges Impede Nader Campaign.
Zombie banks impede the economy, so let's kill them.
Banks impeded probe, HUD says.
Hinder isn't impeded by the rock-star life.
Sergio Perez has been reprimanded for impeding by the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix race stewards, but will not receive a penalty.
Sauber's Sergio Perez will be demoted five places on the German Grand Prix after stewards ruled that he had impeded other cars in qualifying.
Google gets $25K fine for ' impeding ' FCC probe into Street View.
Tight Credit Impeding Housing, Economic Recovery.
Morrow resident pleads 'guilty' to impeding federal officer.
Obama vows to resolve issues impeding free-trade deal with South Korea.
1992—Liberal judicial activists promote racial quotas and impede the death penalty, so why not use racial quotas to paralyze implementation of the death penalty.
Exercise can relieve stress, but a new study shows that too much stress can impede your post-workout recovery.
Loudspeaker specialists Magico were on hand with their recent Q3 ($38,950/pair), which boasts a 90dB sensitivity rating and 5 ohm nominal impedance: not quite SET territory, but easily the California firm's most sensitive speaker yet.
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In science:

From a natural RW representation of the impedance, a scaling law was proposed by Halsey and Leibig: β = D(2) D(0) (here in 2D), where D (2) and D (0) are the multifractal dimensions of the H -measure on the rough electrode [201].
Conformal Random Geometry
This has significantly impeded the quantity and quality of the radiometric tests.
Evaluation of the ALMA Prototype Antennas
At the same time supersymmetric grandunification is normally plagued by large threshold effects which impede precise predictions of the proton decay rate.
Proton decay, supersymmetry breaking and its mediation
An impedance matrix representation is derived for the superstrates, and the analytical results are validated using full-wave simulations.
Modeling and Analysis of Composite Antenna Superstrates Consisting on Grids of Loaded Wires
The methodology presented here can, however, be extended to study the characteristics of other kinds of superstrates based on multiple grids of wires loaded with arbitrary distributed impedance.
Modeling and Analysis of Composite Antenna Superstrates Consisting on Grids of Loaded Wires
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