- 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 impinge
Things are distant, but in so far as they impinge at all, not unpleasant.Elia Kazan to Tennessee Williams: You Gotta Suffer to Sing the Blues
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Nor does it impinge on "the fundamental right of privacy guaranteed by the United States Constitution."Our Dumb Puritan Laws: Sex Bans and Illegal Adultery
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Hines's pictures don't make us feel miserable enough, for the misery of their subjects to impinge fully on us.Child Labor ... of Love
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The new guidelines do not impinge on the free-trade agreement or other agreements governing cultural and sports exchanges.Business Is Personal: Why the EU's New Guidelines Could Hurt Israel's Economy
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This is just another attempt to impinge upon freedom of speech and free expression.Shame on Michele Bachmann!
July 9, 2011
The word that did impinge on his consciousness did so with a shock.Pagan Passions
Gordon Randall Garrett
Sound comes to us in the guise of air-waves, which impinge upon the drum of the ear.Spirit and Music
H. Ernest Hunt
He was the only man in England whose career might impinge upon mine.Hilda Wade
Above all: will the browns tend to impinge on white race-areas as the yellows show signs of doing?The Rising Tide of Color Against White World-Supremacy
Theodore Lothrop Stoddard
At the same time a wave of intense virility seemed to surge out from him and impinge upon her.Martin Eden
- (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 impinge
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