Definition of impinge
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
impingementplay \im-ˈpinj-mənt\ noun
Examples of impinge in a Sentence
hail was noisily impinging upon the car's exterior
Recent Examples of impinge from the Web
Libertarianism prizes freedom and autonomy, expressing skepticism of taxes, regulations, and any other version of state power that impinges on individual sovereignty.
And presently, definitely, magically, a thin silver stain began to form in the tube where the flame impinged on it.
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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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