impost

1 [im-pohst]
noun
1.
a tax; tribute; duty.
2.
a customs duty.
3.
Horse Racing. the weight assigned to a horse in a race.
verb (used with object)
4.
to determine customs duties on, according to the kind of imports.

Origin:
1560–70; < Medieval Latin impostus a tax, noun use of Latin impostus, variant of impositus imposed; see imposition

imposter, noun
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impost

2 [im-pohst]
noun Architecture.
1.
the point of springing of an arch; spring.
2.
an architectural feature immediately beneath this point.

Origin:
1655–65; < French imposte < Italian imposta < Latin: feminine of impostus (past participle); see impost1

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impost1 (ˈɪmpəʊst)
 
n
1.  a tax, esp a customs duty
2.  horse racing the specific weight that a particular horse must carry in a handicap race
 
vb
3.  (US) (tr) to classify (imported goods) according to the duty payable on them
 
[C16: from Medieval Latin impostus tax, from Latin impositus imposed; see impose]
 
'imposter1
 
n

impost2 (ˈɪmpəʊst)
 
n
architect a member at the top of a wall, pier, or column that supports an arch, esp one that has a projecting moulding
 
[C17: from French imposte, from Latin impositus placed upon; see impose]

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Example sentences
Trainers who want the edge of a lighter impost help the fledgling riders get
  the experience it takes to compete.
It was determined to raise an additional revenue by impost which would prove
  onerous and oppressive.
The first voussoir resting on the impost of an arch.
Included are correspondence, impost books, and registers of employees.
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