Definition of "impinge" []

  • To collide or strike: Sound waves impinge on the eardrum. (verb-intransitive)
  • To encroach; trespass: Do not impinge on my privacy. (verb-intransitive)
  • To encroach upon: "One of a democratic government's continuing challenges is finding a way to protect . . . secrets without impinging the liberties that democracy exists to protect” ( Christian Science Monitor). (verb-transitive)
  • To encroach or infringe; trespass (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To collide (with); strike (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "impinge" in a sentence
  • "Those winds "impinge" on J. Henry Waugh in a particularly destructive way."
  • "Manohar and secretary N Srinivasan asking for a copy of all decisions taken at the board's special general body on Saturday as they "impinge" on his rights."
  • "I was NEVER comfortable and anyone with broad shoulders is going to "impinge" on the "seat rights" of the person next to him / her."