impinge

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verb im·pinge \im-ˈpinj\

Definition of impinge

impinged

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impinging

  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

impingement

play \im-ˈpinj-mənt\ noun

Examples of impinge in a sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of impinge

Latin impingere, from in- + pangere to fasten, drive in — more at pact


First Known Use: 1605





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