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im·pinge

 (ĭm-pĭnj′)
v. im·pinged, im·ping·ing, im·ping·es
v.intr.
1.
a. To encroach on or limit something, such as a right: "powerful institutions of government that inhibited free enterprise and impinged on commercial—and by extension private—liberties" (Greg Critser).
b. Usage Problem To have an effect or influence: "Any consequence of a change in alleles ... is fair game for natural selection, so long as it impinges on the survival of the responsible allele, relative to its rivals" (Richard Dawkins).
2.
a. To collide or strike against something: Sound waves impinge on the eardrum.
b. To advance over or press upon something: pain caused by a bone impinging upon a nerve.
v.tr.
To encroach upon; limit: "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).

[Latin impingere : in-, against; see in-2 + pangere, to fasten; see pag- in Indo-European roots.]

im·pinge′ment n.
im·ping′er n.
Usage Note: The use of impinge meaning "to encroach; trespass," as in Americans dislike any policy that impinges on their liberty, is well established as standard. However, when impinge is used more loosely to mean "to have an effect" the Usage Panel is split. In our 2001 survey, only 47 percent of the Panel found the following sentence to be acceptable: What the recovered diary revealed about the villagers directly impinged on the lives of people living there many years later.

impinge

(ɪmˈpɪndʒ)
vb
1. (intr; usually foll by on or upon) to encroach or infringe; trespass: to impinge on someone's time.
2. (intr; usually foll by on, against, or upon) to collide (with); strike
[C16: from Latin impingere to drive at, dash against, from pangere to fasten, drive in]
imˈpingement n
imˈpinger n

im•pinge

(ɪmˈpɪndʒ)

v.i. -pinged, -ping•ing.
1. to encroach; infringe: to impinge on another's rights.
2. to strike; collide: light impinging on the lens.
3. to make an impression; have an effect: ideas that impinge upon the imagination.
[1525–35; < Medieval Latin impingere to cause to colllide, force = Latin im- im-1 + -pingere, comb. form of pangere to fasten, drive in, fix; compare impact]
im•pinge′ment, n.

impinge

, infringe - To impinge is to come into contact or encroach or have an impact; to infringe is to encroach on a right or privilege or to violate.
See also related terms for impact.

impinge


Past participle: impinged
Gerund: impinging

Imperative
impinge
impinge
Present
I impinge
you impinge
he/she/it impinges
we impinge
you impinge
they impinge
Preterite
I impinged
you impinged
he/she/it impinged
we impinged
you impinged
they impinged
Present Continuous
I am impinging
you are impinging
he/she/it is impinging
we are impinging
you are impinging
they are impinging
Present Perfect
I have impinged
you have impinged
he/she/it has impinged
we have impinged
you have impinged
they have impinged
Past Continuous
I was impinging
you were impinging
he/she/it was impinging
we were impinging
you were impinging
they were impinging
Past Perfect
I had impinged
you had impinged
he/she/it had impinged
we had impinged
you had impinged
they had impinged
Future
I will impinge
you will impinge
he/she/it will impinge
we will impinge
you will impinge
they will impinge
Future Perfect
I will have impinged
you will have impinged
he/she/it will have impinged
we will have impinged
you will have impinged
they will have impinged
Future Continuous
I will be impinging
you will be impinging
he/she/it will be impinging
we will be impinging
you will be impinging
they will be impinging
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been impinging
you have been impinging
he/she/it has been impinging
we have been impinging
you have been impinging
they have been impinging
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been impinging
you will have been impinging
he/she/it will have been impinging
we will have been impinging
you will have been impinging
they will have been impinging
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been impinging
you had been impinging
he/she/it had been impinging
we had been impinging
you had been impinging
they had been impinging
Conditional
I would impinge
you would impinge
he/she/it would impinge
we would impinge
you would impinge
they would impinge
Past Conditional
I would have impinged
you would have impinged
he/she/it would have impinged
we would have impinged
you would have impinged
they would have impinged
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.impinge - impinge or infringe upon; "This impinges on my rights as an individual"; "This matter entrenches on other domains"
take advantage, trespass - make excessive use of; "You are taking advantage of my good will!"; "She is trespassing upon my privacy"
2.impinge - advance beyond the usual limit
advance, march on, move on, progress, pass on, go on - move forward, also in the metaphorical sense; "Time marches on"

impinge

verb
impinge on or upon something invade, violate, encroach on, trespass on, infringe on, make inroads on, obtrude on If he were at home all the time he would impinge on my space.
impinge on or upon something or someone affect, influence, relate to, impact on, touch, touch upon, have a bearing on, bear upon These cuts have impinged on the region's largest employers.
Translations

impinge

[ɪmˈpɪndʒ] VI to impinge on sth/sbincidir en algo/algn, afectar a algo/algn
to impinge on sb's freedom/rightsvulnerar la libertad/los derechos de algn

impinge

vi
(= have effect: on sb’s life, habits) → sich auswirken (→ on auf +acc), → beeinflussen (→ on +acc); (= infringe: on sb’s rights etc) → einschränken (→ on +acc); to impinge on somebody/somebody’s consciousnessjdm zu Bewusstsein kommen
(= strike)(auf)treffen, fallen (→ on auf +acc)

impinge

[ɪmˈpɪndʒ] vi to impinge on (person, situation) → influire su; (freedom, independence) → violare; (rights) → ledere
References in classic literature ?
It was as if some invisible jet impinged upon them and flashed into white flame.
With more than the usual sense of being impinged upon the point of a bayonet, Katharine replied:
Her perfect arm pressed Tarzan closer to her--a smile parted her lips and then she awoke, and slowly the smile faded and her eyes went wide in horror as the significance of the death chant impinged upon her understanding.
Never, thought Tara of Helium, had aught so delicious impinged upon her palate, and yet it was naught else than the almost tasteless usa, which is considered to be palatable only after having been cooked and highly spiced.
Continually changing its intensity and abruptly variant in pitch, it impinged on his nerves and senses, made him nervous and restless and worried him with a perpetual imminence of happening.
The engine slowed down and stopped just beyond that point where an angle of the house impinged upon the sharp slope of turf.
And at once, as the door swung inward on its hinges, the whole interior of the laboratory impinged upon my vision.
Ordinary citizens must not fear that their rights are being impinged upon thanks to the application of a new set of laws.
Ordinary citizens must not fear that their rights are being impinged upon -- thanks to the application of a new set of laws.
The performance of these jets is evaluated in terms of the measured increases in the values of the local Nusselt numbers and the uniformity of their radial distributions on the impinged surface.
The impinged droplets almost stick into the wall surface in the case of low temperature wall.