What does impossible mean?

Definitions for impossible
ɪmˈpɒs ə bəlim·pos·si·ble

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word impossible.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. impossible(adj)

    something that cannot be done

    "his assignment verged on the impossible"

  2. impossible(adj)

    not capable of occurring or being accomplished or dealt with

    "an impossible dream"; "an impossible situation"

  3. impossible, inconceivable, out of the question, unimaginable(adj)

    totally unlikely

  4. impossible, insufferable, unacceptable, unsufferable(adj)

    used of persons or their behavior

    "impossible behavior"; "insufferable insolence"

Wiktionary

  1. impossible(Noun)

    an impossibility

    Etymology: From impossible, from impossibilis, from in- + possibilis, from possum + suffix -ibilis.

  2. impossible(Noun)

    that which seems impossible

    If we work together, we can achieve the impossible!

    Etymology: From impossible, from impossibilis, from in- + possibilis, from possum + suffix -ibilis.

  3. impossible(Adjective)

    not possible, not able to be done.

    Etymology: From impossible, from impossibilis, from in- + possibilis, from possum + suffix -ibilis.

  4. impossible(Adjective)

    of a person, very difficult to deal with.

    You never listen to a word I say - you're impossible!

    Etymology: From impossible, from impossibilis, from in- + possibilis, from possum + suffix -ibilis.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Impossible(adj)

    not possible; incapable of being done, of existing, etc.; unattainable in the nature of things, or by means at command; insuperably difficult under the circumstances; absurd or impracticable; not feasible

  2. Impossible(noun)

    an impossibility

Freebase

  1. Impossible

    "Impossible" is the 15th episode of the ABC television series, Desperate Housewives. The episode was the 15th episode for the show's first season. The episode was written by Marc Cherry and Tom Spezialy and was directed by Larry Shaw. It originally aired on February 20, 2005.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Impossible

    im-pos′i-bl, adj. that which cannot be done: that cannot exist: absurd, or excessively odd.—n. Impossibil′ity.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. impossible

    A hateful word, generally supplanted among good seamen by "we'll try." A thing which is impossible in law, is pronounced to be all one with a thing impossible in nature.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'impossible' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1445

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'impossible' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2519

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'impossible' in Adjectives Frequency: #171

How to pronounce impossible?

  1. Alex
    Alex
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    Daniel
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    Karen
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    Veena
    Veena
    Indian

How to say impossible in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of impossible in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of impossible in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of impossible in a Sentence

  1. Mwanandeke Kindembo:

    It's almost impossible to resist the caress of the tears on your face.

  2. Wendy Young:

    What I fear is that it might, in some cases, be impossible.

  3. Italian Proverb:

    By asking for the impossible we obtain the possible.

  4. Doug Larson:

    Some of the world's greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enought to know they were impossible.

  5. Professor Edsger Dijkstra:

    It is practically impossible to teach good programming style to students that have had prior exposure to BASIC; as potential programmers they are mentally mutilated beyond hope of regeneration.

Images & Illustrations of impossible

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