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- Equipment intended for an activity that serves as more of a hindrance than a help, especially military baggage.
- 1892, Julian Ralph, On Canada's Frontier:
- On the plains they will have horses dragging travoises, dogs with travoises, women and children loaded with impedimenta.
- 1939 June, “Pertinent Paragraphs: A Surprise at Didcot”, in Railway Magazine, page 452:
- Dashing back to my compartment, I grabbed my impedimenta - what my companion thought of the maniac who alighted at a station only half-way to the first booked stop I don't know ! - got out, hurried under the subway, and was into my 10.45 comfortably before its departure.
- plural of
- “impedimenta”, in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers