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impendĕo (inp- ), ēre, v. n. and (anteclass.)
I.a. [in-pendeo], to hang over any thing, to overhang (class.; esp. freq. in the trop. signif.; cf. immineo).
I. Lit.
a. Neutr.: “arbor in aedes illius impendet,Dig. 43, 26, 1: “ut (gladius) impenderet illius beati cervicibus,Cic. Tusc. 5, 21, 62: “poëtae impendere apud inferos saxum Tantalo faciunt,id. ib. 4, 16, 35; id. Fin. 1, 18, 60; cf. Lucr. 3, 980: nucem impendere super tegulas, Plaut. Fragm. ap. Macr. S. 2, 14; Lucr. 6, 564; cf.: “impendentium montium altitudines,Cic. N. D. 2, 39, 98.—
II. Trop., to hang or hover over a thing, to impend, to be near or imminent, to threaten.
a. Neutr., constr. in aliquem, alicui, or absol.
b. Act.: “quae res me impendet, Lucil. ap. Fest. s. v. me, p. 16 Müll.: tanta te impendent mala,Ter. Phorm. 1, 4, 2.!*? Part. pass.: impensus , a, um; poet. for impendens: “tempestas atque tenebrae coperiunt maria ac terras inpensa superne,Lucr. 6, 491 Munro ad loc.; cf.: “impensum ferrum,Sen. Herc. Oet. 1592.
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