impinge

verb
im·​pinge | \ im-ˈpinj How to pronounce impinge (audio) \
impinged; impinging

Definition of impinge

intransitive verb

1 : encroach, infringe impinge on other people's rights
2 : to have an effect : make an impression waiting for the germ of a new idea to impinge upon my mind— Phyllis Bentley
3 : to strike or dash especially with a sharp collision I heard the rain impinge upon the earth— James Joyce

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Other Words from impinge

impingement \ im-​ˈpinj-​mənt How to pronounce impinge (audio) \ noun

Examples of impinge in a Sentence

hail was noisily impinging upon the car's exterior
Recent Examples on the Web Most critically, the new tower does not significantly impinge on views of its neighbor. Mark Lamster, Dallas News, 10 June 2021 Other regulations impinge on our bodies to improve our health: requiring the addition of fluoride in water, vitamins in milk, iodine in salt. Peter Baldwin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2 June 2021 California had argued that limits affecting some Bible study sessions did not impinge on religious rights. Ariane De Vogue And Caroline Kelly, CNN, 1 June 2021 Meanwhile, South Africa’s Information Regulator is the latest national privacy watchdog to consider litigation against WhatsApp over it contentious new attempts to further require additional permissions that impinge on its users privacy. Toby Shapshak, Forbes, 20 May 2021 Where many see a continued need to protect children who aren’t vaccinated against COVID-19, opponents argue that masks make students uncomfortable and mandates impinge on freedom. Fox News, 13 May 2021 Where many see a continued need to protect children who aren’t vaccinated against COVID-19, opponents argue that masks make students uncomfortable and mandates impinge on freedom. Jeff Amy And Lindsay Whitehurst, chicagotribune.com, 12 May 2021 Some tools such as the premium version of Google Meet now feature AI based background noise removal which makes this even better, since even loud background noises don’t impinge. Brad Templeton, Forbes, 6 May 2021 District pros also point out that trees left wrapped in burlap or wire cages are likely destined for the grave, since the materials impinge upon natural root growth. cleveland, 15 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of impinge

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for impinge

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

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The first known use of impinge was in 1605

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18 Jun 2021

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“Impinge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/impinge. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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