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impinge

[im-pinj]
verb (used without object), im·pinged, im·ping·ing.
  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.
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verb (used with object), im·pinged, im·ping·ing.
  1. Obsolete. to come into violent contact with.
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Origin of impinge

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 formsim·ping·ent, adjectiveim·ping·er, nounim·pinge·ment, nounun·im·ping·ing, adjective
Can be confusedinfringe impinge
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Related Words

infringeintrudeencroachdisturbviolateinfluencemeddleobtrudetouchaffectpryinvade

Examples from the Web for impinged

Historical Examples

  • 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!

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for impinged

impinge

verb
  1. (intr; usually foll by on or upon) to encroach or infringe; trespassto impinge on someone's time
  2. (intr; usually foll by on, against, or upon) to collide (with); strike
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Derived Formsimpingement, nounimpinger, 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 impinged

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.

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