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  • adv. In an impassable manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In an impassable manner or degree.


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  • Within two days, without pumping, New York's subway would impassably flood.

    Alan Weisman speaks about his groundbreaking book, The World Without Us

  • The southeast area, in the trees, was more beautiful and secluded, but would have added another mile to the site entrance and called for a bridge over an old river channel that became impassably wet in springtime.

    Bird Cloud

  • The narrowing pass they had been following ended at the river, which funneled swiftly but not impassably to the west through a steep gorge.

    The Lives of Felix Gunderson

  • They ascended on up the line of the ridge until they came to a place where their path seemed to fall off impassably into the valley below.

    Reiffeins Choice

  • That one obstacle to faith, if no other, is all but impassably high.

    Letter to a Godchild

  • The street in front of the church was impassably clotted with a mixture of hearses, black limousines, colorful funeral wreaths, and disassembled carnival rides on flatbed trucks.

    Hazard area

  • The bridge across the river had been burned; the fords were impassably high.20 So Stuart reasoned.


  • Then came the first snow, turning the ruins of the curtain wall into an almost impassably slippery barrier, and the familiar necropolis into a strange wilderness of deceptive hummocks, in which monuments were suddenly too large under their coats of new snow, and the trees and bushes crushed to half size by theirs.

    The Shadow of the Torturer

  • Would it some day swing forward, like the dark, remorseless finger of an hour-dial, and lie once more impassably between them?

    The Vision of Desire

  • The life of every Southern white man and all of his activities are impassably limited by the ever present Negro problem.



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