verb (used with object), im·ped·ed, im·ped·ing.
- impedance matching,
Origin of impede
Examples from the Web for impeding
Just recently, a march on the Ferguson police station ended with protestors quickly arrested for impeding traffic.
The issue is making sure every ballot cast is counted, not impeding the individual freedom to fill out a form.Nightmare Scenario—Ohio’s Provisional Ballots May Be 2012’s Hanging Chads|John Avlon|November 6, 2012|DAILY BEAST
In fact, the myth itself is potentially a greater danger—prone to impeding efforts when help is needed most.
The Proclamation delivered any one impeding that attempt into the hands of the military authorities without trial.Lincoln|Nathaniel Wright Stephenson
It was caused by the blowing up of the Colenso bridge, for the purpose of impeding our possible advance.South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. 2 (of 6)|Louis Creswicke
Over all its thousand-mile spread were the radiant Wandl gravity-beams, disturbing and impeding the course of Grantline's ships.Wandl the Invader|Raymond King Cummings
For God Himself had been made imperfect by the impeding of His moral purpose.Dreamers of the Ghetto|I. Zangwill
The big stones, impeding the flow, had around them a cushion of water, a sort of cravat ending in a knot of foam.The works of Guy de Maupassant, Vol. 5 (of 8)|Guy de Maupassant 1850-1893
Word Origin for impede
c.1600, back-formation from impediment, or else from Latin impedire "impede, be in the way, hinder, detain," literally "to shackle the feet" (see impediment). Related: Impeded; impedes; impeding.