impinge

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin impingō (dash against, impinge).

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impinge (third-person singular simple present impinges, present participle impinging, simple past and past participle impinged)

  1. (transitive, now rare) To make a physical impact (on); to collide, to crash (upon).
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, vol. 1, New York Review Books 2001, p. 287:
      The ordinary rocks upon which such men do impinge and precipitate themselves, are cards, dice, hawks, and hounds [...].
  2. (intransitive, figuratively) To interfere with; to encroach (on, upon).
    • 2006 Summer, Keith R. Fisher, “Toward a Basal Tenth Amendment: A Riposte to National Bank Preemption of State Consumer Protection Laws”, Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, volume 29, page 981-1034: 
      It is astonishing that the meaning of a single declarative sentence enshrined in the Bill of Rights has evaded judicial construction establishing, at a minimum, some bedrock level of state sovereignty upon which the federal government can not impinge.
  3. (intransitive) To have an effect upon; to limit.
    • 1913, Robert Barr, chapter 4, Lord Stranleigh Abroad[1]:
      “I have tried, as I hinted, to enlist the co-operation of other capitalists, but experience has taught me that any appeal is futile that does not impinge directly upon cupidity. …”

Usage notes[edit]

  • The transitive use is less common, not included in many small dictionaries, and not favored by Garner's Modern American Usage (2009).

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Italian[edit]

Verb[edit]

impinge

  1. third-person singular present indicative of impingere

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Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

impinge

  1. second-person singular present active imperative of impingō