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

  • n.pl. Objects, such as provisions or baggage, that impede or encumber.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Equipment intended for an activity that serves as more of a hindrance than a help
  • n. Plural form of impedimentum.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.pl. Things which impede or hinder progress; incumbrances; baggage

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Things which hinder, impede, or encumber; specifically, articles taken with one on a journey which impede one's progress; especially, military baggage; supplies carried along with an army; in general, baggage.

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

  • n. the baggage and equipment carried by an army
  • n. any structure that makes progress difficult

Etymologies

Latin impedīmenta, pl. of impedīmentum, impediment; see impediment.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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