impinge [im-pinj] (previously 02-07-13)
verb (used without object), impinged, impinging.
1. to make an impression; have an effect or impact (usually followed by on or upon): to impinge upon the imagination; social pressures that impinge upon one's daily life.
2. to encroach; infringe (usually followed by on or upon): to impinge on another's rights.
3. to strike; dash; collide (usually followed by on, upon, or against): rays of light impinging on the eye.
verb (used with object), impinged, impinging.
4. Obsolete. to come into violent contact with.
Can be confused
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Origin: 1525-35; < Medieval Latin impingere to strike against, drive at, equivalent to Latin im- im- + -pingere, combining form of pangere to fasten, drive in, fix; see impact
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