- Now Rare to hang or be suspended (over)
- to be about to happen; be imminent
- to threaten
Origin of impendClassical Latin impendere, to overhang, threaten from in-, in + pendere, to hang, probably from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)pen(d)-, to pull, stretch from source spin
intransitive verbim·pend·ed, im·pend·ing, im·pends
- To be about to occur: Her retirement is impending.
- To threaten to happen; menace: discouraged by the trouble that impended.
- Archaic To jut out; hang suspended.
Origin of impendLatin impendēre in- over ; see in- 2. pendēre to hang ; see (s)pen- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present impends, present participle impending, simple past and past participle impended)
From Latin impendere (“to hang over, to weigh out”).