Impost Im"post, n. [OF. impost, F. impot, LL. impostus, fr. L. impostus, p. p. of imponere to impose. See {Impone}.] 1. That which is imposed or levied; a tax, tribute, or duty; especially, a duty or tax laid by goverment on goods imported into a country. [1913 Webster]

Even the ship money . . . Johnson could not pronounce to have been an unconstitutional impost. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

2. (Arch.) The top member of a pillar, pier, wall, etc., upon which the weight of an arch rests. [1913 Webster]

Note: The impost is called continuous, if the moldings of the arch or architrave run down the jamb or pier without a break.

Syn: Tribute; excise; custom; duty; tax. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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