impassable

adjective

im·​pass·​able (ˌ)im-ˈpa-sə-bəl How to pronounce impassable (audio)
variants or less commonly impassible
: incapable of being passed, traveled, crossed, or surmounted
impassability noun
impassableness noun
impassably adverb

Example Sentences

The roads were made impassable by the flood. the road was impassable until snowplows cleared it
Recent Examples on the Web Drinking water and food were scarce on Pine Island, whose only bridge to the mainland was impassable. Jack Healy, New York Times, 30 Sep. 2022 Some of those roads, homes, and business districts crossed what had once been impassable, swampy muskeg. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 6 Nov. 2022 Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno said his office was scrambling to respond to thousands of 911 calls in the Fort Myers area, but many roads and bridges were impassable. Brian Dakss, CBS News, 1 Oct. 2022 Summer rains often turn the dirt into impassable muck, stranding communities for weeks. Michael Robinson Chavez, Washington Post, 21 Oct. 2022 Numerous roads will be impassable under several feet of water and cars submerged. Jennifer Henderson, CNN, 3 Oct. 2022 Moving slowly across the state, Ian then dumped large amounts of rain, flooding inland areas, collapsing buildings, and leaving roads impassable. WIRED, 30 Sep. 2022 Overflowing trash cans are a common sight in the Northern California city, along with piles of used clothes, shoes, furniture and other items strewn about on sometimes-impassable sidewalks. Olga R. Rodriguez, BostonGlobe.com, 13 Aug. 2022 Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno said his office was scrambling to respond to thousands of 911 calls in the Fort Myers area, but many roads and bridges were impassable. Brian Dakss, CBS News, 1 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1562, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of impassable was in 1562

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Cite this Entry

“Impassable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/impassable. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

impassable

adjective

im·​pass·​able (ˈ)im-ˈpas-ə-bəl How to pronounce impassable (audio)
: impossible to pass, cross, or travel over
roads made impassable by the hurricane
impassability noun

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