• WordNet 3.6
    • n imperialism any instance of aggressive extension of authority
    • n imperialism a political orientation that advocates imperial interests
    • n imperialism a policy of extending your rule over foreign countries
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Imperial Eagle Imperial Eagle

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A Chinese Scientist discovered that the Earth is round during the Han Dynasty by measuring the sun and moon's path in the sky. He recorded this fact down in the imperial records but went unnoticed until it was unearthed recently but Chinese archaeologists.
    • Imperialism The policy, practice, or advocacy of seeking, or acquiescing in, the extension of the control, dominion, or empire of a nation, as by the acquirement of new, esp. distant, territory or dependencies, or by the closer union of parts more or less independent of each other for operations of war, copyright, internal commerce, etc. The practise of building or extending an empire. "The tide of English opinion began to turn about 1870, and since then it has run with increasing force in the direction of what is called imperialism ."
    • Imperialism The power or character of an emperor; imperial authority; the spirit of empire. "Roman imperialism had divided the world."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Imperial torte, a square chocolate cake with five thin layers of almond paste, was created by a master pastry chef at the court of Emperor Franz Joseph (1830 1916).
    • n imperialism Imperial state or authority; the system of imperial government.
    • n imperialism The principle or spirit of empire; promotion of or devotion to imperial interests.
    • n imperialism Specifically.
    • n imperialism “In recent British politics, the principle or policy of seeking, or at least not refusing, an extension of the British Empire in directions where trading interests and investments require the protection of the flag; and of so uniting the different parts of the Empire having separate governments, as to secure that for certain purposes, such as warlike defence, internal commerce, copyright, and postal communication, they shall be practically a single state.”
    • n imperialism In United States politics, the extension of the rule of the American government over foreign countries acquired by conquest or purchase, without a corresponding grant to them of the constitution or of a republican form of government; the governing of other peoples on the monarchical principle, as subjects rather than as citizens.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Russian Imperial Necklace has been loaned out by Joseff jewelers of Hollywood for 1,215 different feature films.
    • ns Imperialism the power or authority of an emperor: the spirit of empire
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  • Robert Browning
    “It is best to be yourself, imperial, plain and true.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. imperialisimperium, sovereignty.


In literature:

Wealth had flowed abundantly into the imperial city, and with it pride, corruption, and oppression.
"Historic Tales, Volume 11 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
This was the fourth, or, according to others, the fifth great imperial persecution of the Christians.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 03" by Various
MILITARY, IMPERIAL: The Imperial Terran Marine Corps and Imperial Terran Navy.
"Concordance" by Ann Wilson
Imperial English, or should I have the ship transcribe everything into the pre-Imperial alphabet?
"The Alembic Plot" by Ann Wilson
Similar scars, found on maybe ten percent of recovered Traiti bodies, had Imperial experts puzzled.
"Fearful Symmetry" by Ann Wilson
"History Of Friedrich II. of Prussia Frederick The Great--Complete Table of Contents: 22 Volumes" by Thomas Carlyle
The Bohemians drove the scattered imperial troops from their country.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 11" by Various
It was a strategical manoeuvre that the imperial government was bound to resist.
"Studies in Literature and History" by Sir Alfred Comyn Lyall
Its supports are the Imperial Dragon's claws, and the cushions are of yellow Imperial silk.
"The Life of Gordon, Volume I" by Demetrius Charles Boulger
They were written at the time when the Imperial spirit was at its nadir.
"Lord Milner's Work in South Africa" by W. Basil Worsfold

In poetry:

YES ....though we've loved so long, so well,
Imperious duty bids us part;
But though thy breast with anguish swell,
A pang more lasting tears my heart.
"Song. "YES ....though we've loved so long"" by Amelia Opie
With your manner of motherly duty,
When you play with your dolls and are wise;
With your wonders of speech, and the beauty
In your little imperious eyes;
"To My Daughter" by Archibald Lampman
Round You to—day a People stand arrayed,
That fain with Peace two wedded worlds would dower,
Therefore rejoicing mightier hath been made
Imperial Power.
"A Royal Home-Coming" by Alfred Austin
There lived and ruled a happy, noble race,
Primeval souls who held imperial power—
My kindred, gone forever from their place,
And I am here without a dower!
"Music In A Crowd" by Elizabeth Drew Barstow Stoddard
The splendid spirit imperiously shy,--
Husband to you and father--we afar
Hail poet of God, and name as one should cry:
'Yonder a king, and yonder lo! a star!'
"Alfred Tennyson" by Richard Le Gallienne
She sent me a note, when three days had pass'd on,
In the stile of a mistress forsaken,
Requesting to know, in imperious tone,
What I meant by the liberties taken.
"The Impatient Lass" by William Hutton

In news:

Radianz™ Quartz , a division of Samsung, introduces three new colors to its Noble Collection: Gold Canyon Gray (shown), Midnight Sapphire and Imperial Gray.
The 24 Best Beers in America: Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout.
Nor was there Imperial Stout, Smoked Porter, or Pale Ale.
Imperial Sugar Company has introduced Redi -Measure light brown sugar in individual ¼-cup packets designed to keep the product fresh.
If Imperial Beach seems a little sandier these days, here's why.
Sand Replenishment Project Wraps in Imperial Beach.
After one month of round-the-clock work, SANDAG's Regional Sand Project wrapped up construction in Imperial Beach this week, SANDAG officials said.
Josh Ruskin holds the long spout of his Imperial teapot with a cloth napkin because it's sharp and it simply wouldn't do to have an Imperial pourer jab any royal diners.
Imperial shuts out Santee , 46-0.
Satsuma Clan Samurai Against the Imperial Japanese Army.
THE Mediterranean was a lake to imperial Rome.
East San Diego County and the Coachella and Imperial valleys rumbled with a series of earthquakes centered at the southern end of the Salton Sea early Saturday.
00PM of all sleet on our balcony porch area - home in Imperial MO.
When Martha Stewart was indicted, she imperiously dismissed the "ridiculousness" of the government's case.
For years I've heard rumblings of Great Divide Brewing Company's Yeti Imperial Stout, but my love of the brewery's hoppier beers has kept me distracted from ever trying it.

In science:

Imperial College Press and World Scientific Publishing Co.
The quantum origins of the cosmological asymmetry
Vol. I, Imperial College Press, London, 2001.
Spectral properties of a class of random walks on locally finite groups
Giacomin, Random Polymer Models, Imperial College Press (2007).
The longest excursion of a random interacting polymer
Mainardi, Fractional Calculus and Waves in Linear Viscoelasticity (Imperial College Press, London, 2010).
Subordination Pathways to Fractional Diffusion
Bernoulli, in a study published by the Imperial Academy of Sciences in St.
Menger 1934 revisited