The definition of imposing is making a strong impression because of size or strength.
An example of something imposing is a giant animal staring at you while you eat as if threatening to take your food.
Impressive, as in size, power, or accomplishment: an imposing mansion; an imposing array of skills. See Synonyms at grand.
- Present participle of impose.
(comparative more imposing, superlative most imposing)
- Magnificent and impressive because of appearance, size, stateliness or dignity.
- Dressed in black, he was an imposing figure, even in the cavernous room.
- Farther down are the imposing buildings of the British residency.
- It's not imposing if I ask you.
- The cathedral is a noble late Romanesque building with four imposing towers.
- It was thereupon destroyed by the Prussians; in spite of which, however, a long line of imposing ruins still remains.