• An imposing building overshadows cobbled streets
    An imposing building overshadows cobbled streets
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj imposing used of a person's appearance or behavior; befitting an eminent person "his distinguished bearing","the monarch's imposing presence","she reigned in magisterial beauty"
    • adj imposing impressive in appearance "a baronial mansion","an imposing residence","a noble tree","severe-looking policemen sat astride noble horses","stately columns"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A view of the exterior of the imposing hotel A view of the exterior of the imposing hotel
Features include imposing buildings, an obelisk and a fountain Features include imposing buildings, an obelisk and a fountain

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Belgium is the only country that has never imposed censorship for adult films.
    • Imposing Adapted to impress forcibly; impressive; commanding; as, an imposing air; an imposing spectacle. "Large and imposing edifices."
    • Imposing Deceiving; deluding; misleading.
    • Imposing Laying as a duty; enjoining.
    • n Imposing (Print) The act of imposing the columns of a page, or the pages of a sheet. See Impose v. t., 4.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The heavy tea tax imposed on the colonies in 1773, which caused the "Boston Tea Party," resulted in America switching from tea to coffee. Drinking coffee was an expression of freedom.
    • imposing Impressive; commanding; stately; striking: as, an imposing manner.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The phrase "guinea pig" originated when a tax was imposed on powder for wigs in England to help pay for the war with Napoleon. The list of those who had paid the guinea (one pound, one shilling) was posted on their parish church door. As they were the wealthy of the day, they became known as the guinea pigs.
    • Imposing commanding: adapted to impress forcibly
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  • Alfred North Whitehead
    “Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience, and our aesthetic enjoyment is recognition of the pattern.”
  • Motto
    “Rank imposes obligation.”
  • Icarus
    “All limits are self imposed.”
  • Prince Of Wales Charles
    Prince Of Wales Charles
    “The whole imposing edifice of modern medicine is like the celebrated tower of Pisa --slightly off balance.”
  • Vincent Van Gogh
    “Painting is a faith, and it imposes the duty to disregard public opinion.”
  • Federico Garcia Lorca
    Federico Garcia Lorca
    “With their souls of patent leather, they come down the road. Hunched and nocturnal, where they breathe they impose, silence of dark rubber, and fear of fine sand.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. imposer—L. in, on, ponĕre, to place.


In literature:

Any petty manufacturer who had amassed a small fortune would have desired a larger, handsomer, and more imposing establishment.
"The Honor of the Name" by Emile Gaboriau
A prince, who imposes a tax upon his subjects, expects their compliance.
"A Treatise of Human Nature" by David Hume
The king could impose no tax.
"The Rise of the Dutch Republic, Volume II.(of III) 1566-74" by John Lothrop Motley
His little army, notwithstanding his bitter complaints, was of imposing appearance.
"History of the United Netherlands, 1590-1599, Vol. III. Complete" by John Lothrop Motley
In the meantime every obligation imposed by treaty or conventional stipulations should be sacredly respected.
"U.S. Presidential Inaugural Addresses" by Various
The stronger race imposed its customs and language on the negroes.
"The River War" by Winston S. Churchill
They were very imposing.
"The Children's Book of Christmas Stories" by Various
The article had already been imposed.
"The Fortune of the Rougons" by Emile Zola
From all the more pleasing or imposing places she was turned away abruptly with the most chilling formality.
"Sister Carrie" by Theodore Dreiser
But how to choose between fifty severe and imposing mansions?
"Richard Carvel, Complete" by Winston Churchill

In poetry:

I could not see a single trace
Of servitude imposed by poverty.
Each new discomfort and each change
Was borne with lordly dignity.
"On Early Trains" by Boris Pasternak
The mighty God, the wise and just,
Knows that our frame is feeble dust;
And will no heavy loads impose
Beyond the strength that he bestows.
"Psalm 103 part 2" by Isaac Watts
And with the silence of those high treetops
Was neighbour only the imposing sky
And in the echoed crowing of the cocks
The distances and distances rang by:
"August" by Boris Pasternak
Hold thy afflicting hand, and soothe my woes,
Abate my sorrow, and allay my pain,
Nor on my soul a greater load impose,
Than this my sickly body can sustain.
"A Prayer For A Sick Person" by Rees Prichard
Thus statesman-like, I'll saucily impose,
And safe from danger valiantly advise,
Sheltered in impotence, urge you to blows,
And being good for nothing else, be wise.
"The Disabled Debauchee" by Lord John Wilmot
Behind the door, beyond the light,
Who is it waits there in the night?
When he has entered he will stand,
Imposing with his silent hand
Some silent thing upon the night.
"Haschisch" by Arthur Symons

In news:

As monikers go, Overcasters is a magnificent name for a rock-and-roll band, especially one as noisy, tempestuous and imposing as the outfit that Kurt Ottaway leads.
The bank had imposed the fees in 2010 in response to federal restrictions that cut into revenue.
There's an imposing bed at the center of the stage.
Condominiums can impose noise regulations, pet restrictions and, most importantly for me, restrictions on renting.
"Thanks in part to the Court's ruling, the mandate imposes a tax that we can't afford".
An international trade agreement on counterfeiting, currently being negotiated in secret, may actually impose strict new enforcements of expanded copyright protections.
Wendell leaders have been trying to decide just how much regulation should be imposed upon rental property owners.
According to some book that some guy wrote a long time ago, today (May 31st) was the day that Lady Godiva rode naked on horseback through Coventry in order to gain a remission of the oppressive taxation imposed by her husband on his tenants.
The new law also would impose a fee stores must collect if they provide paper bags.
If the Scots can't handle the imposing running attack of No 22-ranked Indiana (Pa.), this noon PSAC West game could be another long one for them.
Secondary infractions are often self-reported to the NCAA and rarely require additional action taken beyond what the school imposes.
Bank of America plans to impose a new $5-a-month charge - $60 a year - for the privilege of using your debit card, its favored alternative to cash and checks.
Parched Texans Impose Water-Use Limits for Fracking Gas Wells.
Years of UN refusal to impose sanctions have led to peaceless quagmire.
A bipartisan group of 33 members of Congress urged President Reagan today to impose new economic sanctions against South Africa as a means of forcing the Pretoria Government to change its racial policies.

In science:

Note that the constraints imposed by the FJ and the Kormendy relations should not be considered redundant with respect to those imposed by the edge-on FP: in fact, these two relations, albeit with a large scatter, describe how galaxies are distributed on the face-on FP.
The scaling relations of galaxy clusters and their dark matter halos
Simplicity imposes a two-parameter parametrization for w(z ), then consistency with the data from the Cosmic Microwave background (CMB) imposes w(z ) ≤ 0 at high redshift.
On the determination of the deceleration parameter from Supernovae data
In the spherically symmetric model one can hope that the constraint is simple enough for an application in this case, either to generate evolution or to impose the horizon not as a boundary but inside space such that the constraint would have to be imposed.
Quantum Riemannian Geometry and Black Holes
One powerful possibility consists in imposing an isolated horizon as a boundary since boundary conditions imply that the constraint is not to be imposed there (a constraint has lapse function going to zero at the isolated horizon).
Quantum Riemannian Geometry and Black Holes
Rejection of fake (noise) candidates is achieved by imposing a minimal width value. lection wires, where the hits are expected to have an exponential falling slope, an extra requirement on the minimum distance from the peak position to the hit end is imposed.
Study of accelerator neutrino interactions in a liquid argon TPC