impassable

  • 1 impassable — impassable, impenetrable, impervious, impermeable are comparable when they mean not allowing passage through. Impassable applies chiefly to stretches of land or water which cannot be passed over or crossed because of some insuperable difficulty… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 2 impassable — ⇒IMPASSABLE, adj. A. Vx ou littér. Que l on ne peut traverser. Synon. infranchissable. Les Pyrénées étaient impassables, gardées par les Bourbons d Espagne (CHATEAUBR., Mém., t. 4, 1848, p. 561). Retranche toi, peuple assiégé! Étends tes… …

    Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 3 Impassable — Im*pass a*ble, a. [Cf. {Unpassable}.] Incapable of being passed; not admitting a passage; as, an impassable road, mountain, or gulf. Milton. {Im*pass a*ble*ness}, n. {Im*pass a*bly}, adv. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 impassable — impassable, impassible Impassable means ‘that cannot be traversed’ and refers to roads, stretches of countryside, etc. Impassible means ‘incapable of feeling emotion’ or ‘incapable of suffering injury’, and is pronounced with the second syllable… …

    Modern English usage

  • 5 impassable — [im pas′ə bəl] adj. that cannot be passed, crossed, or traveled over [an impassable highway] impassability n. impassably adv …

    English World dictionary

  • 6 impassable — index difficult, impervious, impossible, impracticable, insurmountable Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 7 impassable — (adj.) that cannot be passed, 1560s, from IM (Cf. im ) + PASSABLE (Cf. passable) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 8 impassable — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ impossible to travel along or over. DERIVATIVES impassability noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 impassable — impassability, impassableness, n. impassably, adv. /im pas euh beuhl, pah seuh /, adj. 1. not passable; not allowing passage over, through, along, etc.: Heavy snow made the roads impassable. 2. unable to be surmounted: an impassable obstacle to… …

    Universalium

  • 10 impassable — adj. VERBS ▪ be ▪ become ▪ remain ▪ make sth ▪ The mud made the roads impassable. ADVERB …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 11 impassable — im|pass|a|ble [ımˈpa:səbəl US ımˈpæ ] adj a road, path, or area that is impassable is impossible to travel along or through ▪ The mountains are impassable …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 impassable — adjective a road, path, or area that is impassable is impossible to travel along or through: The road is impassable due to snow …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 impassable — im|pass|a|ble [ ım pæsəbl ] adjective an impassable road, path, etc. is impossible to travel along, especially because the weather is too bad …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 14 impassable — [[t]ɪmpɑ͟ːsəb(ə)l, pæ̱s [/t]] ADJ If a road, path, or route is impassable, it is impossible to travel over because it is blocked or in bad condition …

    English dictionary

  • 15 impassable — adjective the farm to market roads were impassable Syn: unpassable, unnavigable, untraversable, impenetrable; closed, blocked, barricaded; dense, thick, blind …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 16 impassable — UK [ɪmˈpɑːsəb(ə)l] / US [ɪmˈpæsəb(ə)l] adjective an impassable road, path etc is impossible to travel along, especially because the weather is too bad …

    English dictionary

  • 17 impassable — [ɪmˈpɑːsəb(ə)l] adj an impassable road or path is impossible to travel along …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 18 impassable — im•pass•a•ble [[t]ɪmˈpæs ə bəl, ˈpɑ sə [/t]] adj. 1) not allowing passage: impassable roads[/ex] 2) unable to be surmounted im•pass a•bil′i•ty, im•pass′a•ble•ness, n. im•pass′a•bly, adv …

    From formal English to slang

  • 19 impassable — /ɪmˈpasəbəl / (say im pahsuhbuhl) adjective not passable; that cannot be passed over, through, or along: muddy, impassable roads. –impassability /ɪmˌpasəˈbɪləti/ (say im.pahsuh biluhtee), impassableness, noun –impassably, adverb …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 20 impassable — also impassible adjective Date: 1562 incapable of being passed, traveled, crossed, or surmounted • impassability noun • impassableness noun • impassably adverb …

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