from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. About to occur; impending: in imminent danger.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. about to happen, occur, or take place very soon, especially of something which won't last long.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Threatening to occur immediately; near at hand; impending; -- said especially of misfortune or peril.
  • adj. Full of danger; threatening; menacing; perilous.
  • adj. (With upon) Bent upon; attentive to.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Overhanging; fixed pendently or so as to overlook; projecting from above.
  • Hence Threatening or about to fall or to occur; impending threateningly; hanging over one's head.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. close in time; about to occur


Middle English iminent, from Old French imminent, from Latin imminēns, imminent-, present participle of imminēre, to overhang : in-, in; see in-2 + -minēre, to jut, threaten; see men-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the present participle of Latin imminere ("to overhang"), from mineō, related to mons (English mount). Compare with eminent. (Wiktionary)


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