from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To be about to occur: Her retirement is impending.
- intransitive v. To threaten to happen; menace: discouraged by the trouble that impended.
- intransitive v. Archaic To jut out; hang suspended.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to be about to happen or occur, especially of something which takes some time such as a process or procedure rather than just a short event. "To impend" often has the connotation of threat.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To pay.
- intransitive v. To hang over; to be suspended above; to threaten from near at hand; to menace; to be imminent. See imminent.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To overhang; be ready to fall; be imminent; threaten; be on the point of occurring, as something evil.
- To hang over.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. be imminent or about to happen
Latin impendēre : in-, over; see in-2 + pendēre, to hang; see (s)pen- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin impendere ("to hang over, to weigh out"). (Wiktionary)