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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 im·mi·nent /ˈɪmənənt/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Im·mi·nent a.
 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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]