intransitive verb (impinged; impinging) Etymology: Latin impingere, from in- + pangere to fasten, drive in — more at pact Date: 1605 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 noun

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  • impinge — ► VERB (impinging) (usu. impinge on) 1) have an effect or impact. 2) come into contact; encroach. DERIVATIVES impingement noun. ORIGIN Latin impingere drive something in or at …   English terms dictionary

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  • impinge — (v.) 1530s, fasten or fix forcibly, from L. impingere drive into, strike against, from assimilated form of in into, in, on, upon (see IN (Cf. in ) (2)) + pangere to fix, fasten (see PACT (Cf. pact)). Sense of encroach, infringe first recorded… …   Etymology dictionary

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  • impinge — impingent, adj. impinger, n. impingement, n. /im pinj /, v., impinged, impinging. v.i. 1. to make an impression; have an effect or impact (usually fol. by on or upon): to impinge upon the imagination; social pressures that impinge upon one s… …   Universalium

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