[syn: springer, impost]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Impost \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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: money collected under a tariff [syn: customs, customs
duty, custom, impost]
2: the lowest stone in an arch -- from which it springs [syn:
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
56 Moby Thesaurus words for "impost":
assessment, blackmail, call, call for, cess, claim,
conscience money, contribution, demand, demand for, direct tax,
draft, drain, duty, exaction, extortion, extortionate demand,
graduated taxation, heavy demand, imposition, indent, indirect tax,
insistent demand, joint return, levy, nonnegotiable demand, notice,
order, progressive tax, requirement, requisition, rush, rush order,
separate returns, single tax, supertax, surtax, tariff, tax,
tax base, tax dodging, tax evasion, tax exemption, tax return,
tax structure, tax withholding, tax-exempt status, taxable income,
taxation, taxing, tithe, toll, tribute, ultimatum, warning,