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impinge

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verb im·pinge \im-ˈpinj\

Definition of impinge

im·pingedim·ping·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to strike or dash especially with a sharp collision <I heard the rain impinge upon the earth — James Joyce>

  3. 2 :  to have an effect :  make an impression <waiting for the germ of a new idea to impinge upon my mind — Phyllis Bentley>

  4. 3 :  encroach, infringe <impinge on other people's rights>

im·pinge·ment play \-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

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