Im·pend, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Impended; p. pr. & vb. n. Impending.] To hang over; to be suspended above; to threaten from near at hand; to menace; to be imminent. See Imminent.
Destruction sure o'er all your heads impends. --Pope.
Im·pend·ing, a. Hanging over; overhanging; suspended so as to menace; imminet; threatening.
An impending brow. --Hawthorne.
And nodding Ilion waits th' impending fall. --Pope.
Syn: -- Imminent; threatening. See Imminent.
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), imminent]