• WordNet 3.6
    • v impinge advance beyond the usual limit
    • v impinge impinge or infringe upon "This impinges on my rights as an individual","This matter entrenches on other domains"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Impinge To fall or dash against; to touch upon; to strike; to hit; to clash with; -- with on or upon. "The cause of reflection is not the impinging of light on the solid or impervious parts of bodies.""But, in the present order of things, not to be employed without impinging on God's justice."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • impinge To come in collision; collide; strike or dash: followed by on, upon, or against.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Impinge im-pinj′ (with on, upon, against) to strike or fall against: to touch upon
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. impingere,; pref. im-, in + pangere, to fix, strike; prob. akin to pacisci, to agree, contract. See Pact, and cf. Impact
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. impingĕrein, against, pingĕre, to strike.


In literature:

There the tone is straightened out, and made to impinge on the roof of the mouth at a precisely defined point.
"The Psychology of Singing" by David C. Taylor
Another thought wave impinged on the consciousness of the Terrestrials.
"Giants on the Earth" by Sterner St. Paul Meek
The moment that shrill, squealing sound impinged upon the Orconite's ears, he jumped and uttered a cry of pain.
"The Winged Men of Orcon" by David R. Sparks
And what that incredibly intense bombardment impinges up is ... is altered.
"The Vortex Blaster" by Edward Elmer Smith
It is strange at such times how trivial things impinge on the consciousness with a shock as of something important and immense.
"Masterpieces of Mystery, Vol. 1 (of 4)" by Various
Where the outermost line of defences impinged upon the river-bed, the trees had been cut down and the bush levelled.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
It stretched from side to side of the icy mass; like the former, impinging on either cliff.
"The Plant Hunters" by Mayne Reid
When this occurs suddenly, the odontoid process may impinge on the medulla and upper part of the cord and cause sudden death.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
At length, in its turn, the track of totality begins to impinge upon the earth.
"Astronomy of To-day" by Cecil G. Dolmage
A thought message, a command almost, impinged on the brains of the three.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science July 1930" by Various

In poetry:

And Bryant's "To a Water-fowl!"
Had praise in every line,
And every word about the bird
Impinged on the divine.
"Birds And Bards" by Franklin Pierce Adams

In news:

To add an impingement wear test method to the existing standard.
When your shoulder hurts and movement is difficult, and you feel it crack and pop and everything feels like it's rubbing together, it may be shoulder impingement syndrome.
Pity the poor CIO, trying your best to get your arms around threatening social media concerns such as data security and confidentiality as this new reality impinges upon enterprise technologies.
A right shoulder impingement has sidelined Tony Gwynn Jr almost totally since the start of spring training.
Amendment won't impinge on religion.
Same-sex marriage wouldn't impinge on churches.
The shoulder impingement syndrome (SIS) is one of the more frequently encountered conditions affecting the shoulder joint.
An optional feature provides high-velocity impingement that develops optimum product color.
The sole purpose of an Objectivist state is to prevent individuals from impinging on each other's freedom.
Dodgers release vague statement saying the pitcher has an impingement in his hip and is seeking other specialists' opinions.
Posterior ankle impingement syndrome due to os trigonum .
An EU official says an international treaty that has been the subject of large protests by people fearing it would impinge on Internet freedom is unlikely to gain approval.
The 12-member commission is charged with reviewing coastal projects, and deciding whether development permits are warranted, or whether the public's access rights to the coast will be impinged on.
Romney says the President has impinged on our liberties.
Rotary impingement cuts cleaning times, water usage.

In science:

This means that the bias voltage exceeds the breakdown voltage, leading an impinging photon to trigger an electron avalanche which then causes a macroscopic current pulse.
Long-distance Bell-type tests using energy-time entangled photons
The photons impinge on the observer’s retina and trigger the transmission of the nervous signal.
Quantum superpositions and definite perceptions:envisaging new feasible experimental tests
It consists in recoil of impinging protons in the region kinematically inaccessible for proton-proton collisions.
Multiparticle Dynamics 1998: Summary talk
The three-bubble mechanism is, however, suppressed, as the third bubble must impinge before the SU(2) phases of the first two have equilibrated, and such nearly simultaneous collisions are rare.
Magnetic Fields from Bubble Collisions - A Progress Report
Gould & Uza claim that these µLMC determinations are only upper limits, due to the inherent “prompt response assumption” employed (i.e., that no time delay exists between the blast of ionizing photons impinging upon the ring and the subsequent UV fluorescence).
The Distance to the Large Magellanic Cloud