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impinge

[im-pinj] /ɪmˈpɪndʒ/
verb (used without object), impinged, impinging.
1.
to make an impression; have an effect or impact (usually followed by on or upon):
to impinge upon the imagination; social pressures that impinge upon one's daily life.
2.
to encroach; infringe (usually followed by on or upon):
to impinge on another's rights.
3.
to strike; dash; collide (usually followed by on, upon, or against):
rays of light impinging on the eye.
verb (used with object), impinged, impinging.
4.
Obsolete. to come into violent contact with.
Origin of impinge
1525-1535
1525-35; < Medieval Latin impingere to strike against, drive at, equivalent to Latin im- im-1 + -pingere, combining form of pangere to fasten, drive in, fix; see impact
Related forms
impingent, adjective
impinger, noun
impingement, noun
unimpinging, adjective
Can be confused
infringe, impinge.
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  • The word that did impinge on his consciousness did so with a shock.

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  • Sound comes to us in the guise of air-waves, which impinge upon the drum of the ear.

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  • He was the only man in England whose career might impinge upon mine.

    Hilda Wade Grant Allen
  • Above all: will the browns tend to impinge on white race-areas as the yellows show signs of doing?

  • At the same time a wave of intense virility seemed to surge out from him and impinge upon her.

    Martin Eden Jack London
British Dictionary definitions for impinge

impinge

/ɪmˈpɪndʒ/
verb
1.
(intransitive; usually foll by on or upon) to encroach or infringe; trespass: to impinge on someone's time
2.
(intransitive; usually foll by on, against, or upon) to collide (with); strike
Derived Forms
impingement, noun
impinger, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin impingere to drive at, dash against, from pangere to fasten, drive in
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Word Origin and History for impinge
v.

1530s, "fasten or fix forcibly," from Latin impingere "drive into, strike against," from assimilated form of in- "into, in, on, upon" (see in- (2)) + pangere "to fix, fasten" (see pact). Sense of "encroach, infringe" first recorded 1738. Related: Impinged; impinging.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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