impinge


im·pinge

verb \im-ˈpinj\
im·pingedim·ping·ing

Definition of IMPINGE

intransitive verb
1
:  to strike or dash especially with a sharp collision <I heard the rain impinge upon the earth — James Joyce>
2
:  to have an effect :  make an impression <waiting for the germ of a new idea to impinge upon my mind — Phyllis Bentley>
3
:  encroach, infringe <impinge on other people's rights>
im·pinge·ment \-ˈpinj-mənt\ noun

Examples of IMPINGE

  1. <hail was noisily impinging upon the car's exterior>

Origin of IMPINGE

Latin impingere, from in- + pangere to fasten, drive in — more at pact
First Known Use: 1605

Rhymes with IMPINGE

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