1. Threatening to occur immediately; near at hand; impending; -- said especially of misfortune or peril. “In danger imminent.”
2. Full of danger; threatening; menacing; perilous.
Hairbreadth scapes i' the imminent deadly breach. --Shak.
3. (With upon) Bent upon; attentive to. [R.]
Their eyes ever imminent upon worldly matters. --Milton.
Syn: -- Impending; threatening; near; at hand.
Usage: Imminent, Impending, Threatening. Imminent is the strongest: it denotes that something is ready to fall or happen on the instant; as, in imminent danger of one's life. Impending denotes that something hangs suspended over us, and may so remain indefinitely; as, the impending evils of war. Threatening supposes some danger in prospect, but more remote; as, threatening indications for the future.
Three times to-day
You have defended me from imminent death. --Shak.
No story I unfold of public woes,
Nor bear advices of impending foes. --Pope.
Fierce faces threatening war. --Milton.
adj : close in time; about to occur; "retribution is at hand";
"some people believe the day of judgment is close at
hand"; "in imminent danger"; "his impending retirement"
[syn: at hand(p), close at hand(p), impending]