[ im-pinj ]
/ ɪmˈpɪndʒ /
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verb (used without object), im·pinged, im·ping·ing.
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.
verb (used with object), im·pinged, im·ping·ing.
Obsolete. to come into violent contact with.
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Origin of impinge
OTHER WORDS FROM impingeim·ping·ent, adjectiveim·ping·er, nounim·pinge·ment, nounun·im·ping·ing, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH impingeinfringe, impinge
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How to use impinge in a sentence
Very cautiously he lowered the mental barrier and the man's thoughts impinged on his mind in bewildering confusion.The Man from Time|Frank Belknap Long
The slopes of Everest away on our left were visible only where they impinged upon the glacier.Mount Everest the Reconnaissance, 1921|Charles Kenneth Howard-Bury
The moment that shrill, squealing sound impinged upon the Orconite's ears, he jumped and uttered a cry of pain.The Winged Men of Orcon|David R. Sparks
Their low conversation impinged on Harris's ears, and was transmitted to Houston's mind.The Penal Cluster|Ivar Jorgensen (AKA Randall Garrett)
His reference to his grandfather's Christmas tree impinged sharply upon The Hopper's conscience.A Reversible Santa Claus|Meredith Nicholson
British Dictionary definitions for impinge
/ (ɪmˈpɪndʒ) /
(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
Derived forms of impingeimpingement, nounimpinger, noun
Word Origin for impinge
C16: from Latin impingere to drive at, dash against, from pangere to fasten, drive in
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