impinge
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ɪmˈpɪndʒ/
Verb

impinge (impinges, present participle impinging; past and past participle impinged)

  1. (transitive, now, rare) To make a physical impact on.
    Synonyms: collide, crash, strike
    • 1638, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy. […], 5th edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed [by Robert Young, Miles Flesher, and Leonard Lichfield and William Turner] for Henry Cripps, OCLC 932915040 ↗, partition 1, page 118 ↗:
      The ordinary rocks upon which such men do impinge and precipitate themselves, are cards, dice, hawks, and hounds {{...}
  2. (intransitive, figuratively) To interfere with.
    Synonyms: encroach, infringe, trespass
  3. (intransitive, figuratively) To have an effect upon, especially a negative one.
    Synonyms: affect, limit, touch, influence, impact
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