impinge

verb im·pinge \ im-ˈpinj \
Updated on: 27 Nov 2017

Definition of impinge

impinged; impinging
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

impingement

play \im-ˈpinj-mənt\ noun

Examples of impinge in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of impinge

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




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