- 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 impingement
I cannot tell the precise spot of its impingement, but it hit him hard.Tom Clark and His Wife
Paschal Beverly Randolph
They furnish a point of impingement in articulation, and play their part in sympathetic resonance.Resonance in Singing and Speaking
The eye is created in conformity to the laws of light, to receive the rays and allow their impingement on the optic nerves.Studies in the Out-Lying Fields of Psychic Science
- (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 impingement
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