1. [syn: contact, impinging, striking]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Impinge \Im*pinge"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Impinged; p. pr. &
vb. n. Impinging.] [L. impingere; pref. im- in + pangere to
fix, strike; prob. akin to pacisci to agree, contract. See
Pact, and cf. Impact.]
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. --Sir I.
But, in the present order of things, not to be employed
without impinging on God's justice. --Bp.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the physical coming together of two or more things;
"contact with the pier scraped paint from the hull" [syn:
contact, impinging, striking]