Im"mi*nent (?), a. [L. imminens, p. pr. of imminere to project; pref. im- in + minere (in comp.) to jut, project. See Eminent.]
Threatening to occur immediately; near at hand; impending; -- said especially of misfortune or peril.
"In danger imminent
Full of danger; threatening; menacing; perilous.
Hairbreadth scapes i' the imminent deadly breach.
(With upon) Bent upon; attentive to.
Their eyes ever imminent upon worldly matters.
Syn. -- Impending; threatening; near; at hand. -- Imminent, Impending, Threatening. Imminent is the strongest: it denotes that something is ready to fall or happen on the instant; as, in imminent danger of one's life. Impending denotes that something hangs suspended over us, and may so remain indefinitely; as, the impending evils of war. Threatening supposes some danger in prospect, but more remote; as, threatening indications for the future.
Three times to-day
You have defended me from imminent death.
No story I unfold of public woes,
Nor bear advices of impending foes.
Fierce faces threatening war.
© Webster 1913.