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From im- (“in”) + paste. Compare Italian impastare, Old French empaster.
impaste (third-person singular simple present impastes, present participle impasting, simple past and past participle impasted)
- (transitive, archaic) To knead; to make into paste; to concrete.
- c. 1599–1602 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act II, scene ii]:
- With blood of fathers, mothers, daughters, sons,
Baked and impasted with the parching streets
- (art) To lay colours thickly on canvas by the impasto technique.
impaste in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913