impinge

[im-pinj]
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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.
verb (used with object), im·pinged, im·ping·ing.
  1. Obsolete. to come into violent contact with.

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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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
Derived Formsimpingement, 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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Word Origin and History for impingement
n.

1670s; see impinge + -ment.

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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