Im·pose v. t. [imp. & p. p. Imposed p. pr. & vb. n. Imposing.]
1. To lay on; to set or place; to put; to deposit.
Cakes of salt and barley [she] did impose
Within a wicker basket. --Chapman.
2. To lay as a charge, burden, tax, duty, obligation, command, penalty, etc.; to enjoin; to levy; to inflict; as, to impose a toll or tribute.
What fates impose, that men must needs abide. --Shak.
Death is the penalty imposed. --Milton.
Thou on the deep imposest nobler laws. --Waller.
3. Eccl. To lay on, as the hands, in the religious rites of confirmation and ordination.
4. Print. To arrange in proper order on a table of stone or metal and lock up in a chase for printing; -- said of columns or pages of type, forms, etc.
1. Laying as a duty; enjoining.
2. Adapted to impress forcibly; impressive; commanding; as, an imposing air; an imposing spectacle. “Large and imposing edifices.”
3. Deceiving; deluding; misleading.
Im·pos·ing, n. Print. The act of imposing the columns of a page, or the pages of a sheet. See Impose, v. t., 4.
Imposing stone Print., the stone on which the pages or columns of types are imposed or made into forms; -- called also imposing table.
adj 1: impressive in appearance; "a baronial mansion"; "an imposing
residence"; "a noble tree"; "severe-looking policemen
sat astride noble horses"; "stately columns" [syn: baronial,
2: used of a person's appearance or behavior; befitting an
eminent person; "his distinguished bearing"; "the
monarch's imposing presence"; "she reigned in magisterial
beauty" [syn: distinguished, magisterial]