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 impingement (audio) \ noun

Examples of impinge in a Sentence

hail was noisily impinging upon the car's exterior
Recent Examples on the Web But some opposition parties weren’t buying Trudeau’s rationale and said the suspension had a more nefarious intent: To impinge on parliamentary probes into an ethics controversy engulfing his government. Washington Post, "Trudeau’s suspension of Parliament amid ethics controversy fuels cries of ‘coverup’," 19 Aug. 2020 So little is known about the intricate environment inside the female reproductive tract and how sperm swimming impinge on fertilization. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Human sperm swim more like otters than eels, study finds," 31 July 2020 If used en masse and with facial recognition software, this could impinge on First and Fourth amendment rights. Kristina Libby, Popular Mechanics, "How to Spot Police Surveillance Tools," 12 June 2020 Republicans say the federal government should not impinge on states’ authority to oversee elections. Frank Bajak, The Denver Post, "Reliability of pricey new voting machines questioned," 23 Feb. 2020 This solution does not impinge on first amendment rights, as platforms are free to continue their existing business practices, except with liability for harms. Roger Mcnamee, Time, "Social Media Platforms Claim Moderation Will Reduce Harassment, Disinformation and Conspiracies. It Won't," 24 June 2020 At 70 mph, only 67 decibels of noise will impinge on All Things Considered. Don Schroeder, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1998 Lexus RX300," 14 May 2020 In the case of Google, this has included U.S. senators sending a letter to CEO Sundar Pichai, asking him to ensure his company's tracking project doesn't impinge personal privacy. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Should you fear government surveillance in the coronavirus era?," 15 Apr. 2020 But some Americans are unwilling to wear a mask, saying the face coverings are uncomfortable or impinge upon their civil liberties. Time, "'We All Worry About it.' Grocery Workers Fear Confrontations With Shoppers Over Mask Rules," 26 May 2020

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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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28 Aug 2020

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“Impinge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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