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Meaning of IMPOST

Pronunciation:  'impowst

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the lowest stone in an arch -- from which it springs
  2. [n]  money collected under a tariff

IMPOST is a 6 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: custom, customs, customs duty, springer
 See Also: arch, duty, ship money, stone, tariff



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Im"post\, n. [OF. impost, F. impot, LL. impostus, fr. L.
impostus, p. p. of imponere to impose. See {Impone}.]
1. That which is imposed or levied; a tax, tribute, or duty;
   especially, a duty or tax laid by goverment on goods
   imported into a country.

         Even the ship money . . . Johnson could not
         pronounce to have been an unconstitutional impost.

2. (Arch.) The top member of a pillar, pier, wall, etc., upon
   which the weight of an arch rests.

Note: The impost is called continuous, if the moldings of the
      arch or architrave run down the jamb or pier without a

Syn: Tribute; excise; custom; duty; tax.

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