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Definition to have an effect on something — especially to limit it in some way

More rarely, impinge can mean:  to come into contact with.
  • "You're impinging on my private space," I said, inching backward.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • Milly gave them sparingly of the oats, and petted them, and talked the more because solitude had begun to impinge upon her mind.
    Zane Grey  --  The Thundering Herd
  • Would it impinge on the safety of the officers there?
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • Retirement suited Marley just fine, and his hearing problems didn't seem to impinge on his leisurely country lifestyle.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • This did not impinge upon my longing.
    Eudora Welty  --  One Writer's Beginnings
  • As we were getting ready for Georgia, it was clear that my impinged shoulder had become a bit more than a slight problem.
    Tim Tebow  --  Through My Eyes
  • In time, however, he began to resent the impingement on his freedom.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Bend in the Road
  • It came, not in clouds, but in a steady storm of sand, the particles impinging against our faces like needle points.
    Jim Murphy  --  The Great Fire
  • It's only as we're halfway down the corridor that her words begin to impinge on my mind.
    Sophie Kinsella  --  Confessoins of a Shopaholic
  • His mother cleared the dishes carefully, impinging on a look of anxiety, a look of abstraction.
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • Worry and dread were always impinging upon the fringe of her thoughts—always vaguely present, though seldom annoying.
    Zane Grey  --  The Man of the Forest
  • Often the sun would disappear behind a cloud, which impinged on its roundness, but whose edge the sun gilded in return.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann's Way
  • A feeling that I was forgetting something impinged on my too-rare happiness.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Then Joan was not long in discovering that the situation had begun to impinge upon the feelings of each of these men.
    Zane Grey  --  The Border Legion
  • Already I had learned that I must not allow the details of daily existence to impinge upon larger tasks.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • It was as if some invisible jet impinged upon them and flashed into white flame.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • Through one of the broken panes I heard the rain impinge upon the earth, the fine incessant needles of water playing in the sodden beds.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • Not for many nights had the past impinged so closely upon the present.
    Zane Grey  --  The Rainbow Trail
  • Just as Ruth was about to enter the world of human beings whose lives impinged on one another by calling out to the nanny, a thin cord, which Ruth had not seen, warned the nanny to wake.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • The history of the European War, except in so far as it happens now and then to impinge upon the spiritual condition of one human being, was obviously of no interest to Screwtape.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters

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