- 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.
- to encroach; infringe (usually followed by on or upon): to impinge on another's rights.
- to strike; dash; collide (usually followed by on, upon, or against): rays of light impinging on the eye.
- Obsolete. to come into violent contact with.
Origin of impinge
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Examples from the Web for impinged
Bullets whizzed through the 'plane, and one or two impinged on the engine.The Sequel
George A. Taylor
The corner of the raft had impinged against some ice that was piled on the beach.Klondike Nuggets
E. S. Ellis
I knew all the symptoms so well—the things he had 'in him,' and the things outside him that impinged!Tales Of Men And Ghosts
That was the lady's hand, flat open, impinged on the speaker's cheek.Bulldog Carney
W. A. Fraser
It was revealed in many ways, but impinged upon the new President in only one.Lincoln
Nathaniel Wright Stephenson
- (intr; usually foll by on or upon) to encroach or infringe; trespassto impinge on someone's time
- (intr; usually foll by on, against, or upon) to collide (with); strike
C16: from Latin impingere to drive at, dash against, from pangere to fasten, drive in
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Word Origin and History for impinged
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