- 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 impinging
And the mood he hated and feared was impinging upon his mind.The U.P. Trail
Trunnions and all impinging influences are incompatible with correctness of fire.Gunnery in 1858
He felt the curious glances of the chosen, impinging against his back.The Triumph of Virginia Dale
John Francis, Jr.
But he did feel the wave of emotion that welled from her, impinging directly on his empathetic sense.Planet of the Damned
The wet air was moveless, and yet she could feel it impinging with its cool, sharp humidity on her cheek.The Price of Love
- (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
Word Origin and History for impinging
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