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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)

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.

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."