from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A road or passage having no exit; a cul-de-sac.
- n. A situation that is so difficult that no progress can be made; a deadlock or a stalemate: reached an impasse in the negotiations.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a road with no exit; a cul-de-sac
- n. a deadlock or stalemate situation in which no progress can be made
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An impassable road or way; a blind alley; cul-de-sac; fig., a position or predicament affording no escape.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a street with only one way in or out
- n. a situation in which no progress can be made or no advancement is possible
French : in-, not (from Latin in-; see in-1) + passe, a passing (from Old French, from passer, to pass; see pass).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French impasse (19th century), from in- + passer. (Wiktionary)