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[im-pinj] /ɪmˈpɪndʒ/
verb (used without object), impinged, impinging.
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.
verb (used with object), impinged, impinging.
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 forms
impingent, adjective
impinger, noun
impingement, noun
unimpinging, adjective
Can be confused
infringe, impinge. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for impinge
  • Seldom does something that benefits so few impinge on the pleasure of so many.
  • And when they impinge upon other students experience, it's time for them to take it outside.
  • Of course, if the minimum were so low as to impinge on none of the wage bargains actually being struck, there would be no effect.
  • Land development practices not only increase the fire risk but also impinge on wildlife habitats.
  • But when they impinge upon a moron they set off his hormones, and so they are justifiably feared.
  • The president's comments are unlikely to impinge to heavily on the city's business.
  • Human activities simply impinge in too many ways on the well-being of animal populations.
  • It's a mediator of all the voices that impinge on it.
  • The difficulty is that sound reflections in the concert hall impinge on the listener from all directions.
  • Clogged court calendars can hamper the prosecution of a case and impinge on defendants' rights.
British Dictionary definitions for impinge


(intransitive; usually foll by on or upon) to encroach or infringe; trespass: to impinge on someone's time
(intransitive; usually foll by on, against, or upon) to collide (with); strike
Derived Forms
impingement, noun
impinger, 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 impinge

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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