Impending
Impending Im*pend"ing, a. Hanging over; overhanging; suspended so as to menace; imminet; threatening. [1913 Webster]

An impending brow. --Hawthorne. [1913 Webster]

And nodding Ilion waits th' impending fall. --Pope.

Syn: Imminent; threatening. See {Imminent}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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