Definition of impassable in US English:

impassable

adjective

  • Impossible to travel along or over.

    ‘the narrow channels are impassable to oceangoing ships’
    • ‘There it will be crushed to form an aggregate base to repair a 6km section of track that has become deeply rutted and virtually impassable.’
    • ‘The rarity of paragraphs and unbearably long sentences also add to this constraint; the page is an impassable, unending block.’
    • ‘The meeting heard the stepping stones across the river had become almost impassable in recent years and that a footbridge was the only sensible solution.’
    • ‘A few lived in adjoining counties and also were unable to travel due to flooded and impassable roads.’
    • ‘But I bet she doesn't spin her son's decisions as an impassable ideological gulf and an affront to his mother.’
    • ‘I know my age has thrown up an impassable block in our road together.’
    • ‘It is gated and has a high trellis fence all around with a barrier on top to make it impassable to cats from both inside and out.’
    • ‘Escape is almost impossible as the saturated mud sucks at the feet and impassable waterways are formed.’
    • ‘The fine weather helped to bring out the crowds and the street was almost impassable to traffic as people flocked the road and footpaths.’
    • ‘The very roads that permit us to travel may be impassable barriers to other species.’
    • ‘For the secret of all Austrian music is that there is no impassable barrier between the music of the people and ‘culture’.’
    • ‘We are not prepared for snow (though we should be) so airports shut down and ungritted roads become lethal or impassable.’
    • ‘Gallipoli resembled a huge sandpit full of precipices, endless ravines and impassable ridges covered in thick scrub.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, he could also see it was blocked off by an impassable steel grate.’
    • ‘The beginning of the rainy season has made some roads impassable and the presence of militias make it dangerous to travel.’
    • ‘A secondary school in Trowbridge was forced to close on Wednesday when flash floods left corridors impassable.’
    • ‘At Kew, there can be as little as three feet of water during low tide, while a high tide results in Hammersmith Bridge becoming almost impassable.’
    • ‘Some of the roads remain impassable because they are covered with water.’
    • ‘Tree limbs littered flooded roadways, some of which were impassable.’
    • ‘In many cases that seems to be an impassable barrier.’
    blocked, closed, obstructed, impenetrable
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Pronunciation

impassable

/imˈpasəb(ə)l//ɪmˈpæsəb(ə)l/