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  • have an effect or impact, especially a negative one
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Suddenly the reality of war started to impinge.

several factors impinge on market efficiency

One of the sacred precepts of modern educational theory is that you must never impinge negatively on the pupil’s self-esteem.

I found a place where politics still ranks low in the order of things, where life has more immediate things to concern it, and where the affairs of the far-off capital seem scarcely to impinge.

He decided to pair his traps with his triceps training, as the latter would not infringe upon, or impinge, his sensitive neck.

the gases impinge on the surface of the liquid

Those sorts of imponderables do occasionally impinge, but not often.

He wrote: ‘Whilst it does not appear to impinge too much on the Micklegate area, we do have an abundance of clubs and pubs in the area, which sometimes does have a detrimental effect on Micklegate.’

The President has Constitutional powers upon which Congress cannot impinge.

Nora was determined that the tragedy would impinge as little as possible on Constance’s life

the proposed fencing would impinge on a public bridleway

More than 1800 people - a pretty large focus group - were asked about the environmental factors that impinge most negatively upon their daily lives.

Over time, we will better incorporate the new economic-theory developments as the practices they describe impinge.

But the principal cost of their success impinges directly on the players.

I can’t speak for other Londoners, but May Day Riots are rapidly joining the London Marathon as events that I never witness as such, yet whose aftermath always somehow impinges, usually when I’m off in search of debauch.

How much more time will be wasted and how much more blood will flow before this reality impinges?

This recognition of a void created an identity with real impingements upon it.

It was at about this time that the name of Stephen Hawking first impinged on popular awareness.

Lindsay, it’s an interesting question and one that impinged on my senior year project as a matter of fact.

The new problem, the verroa mite, has not yet impinged in this area and we are all apprehensive as to what the effect will be.

Those who oppose these laws argue that the legislation impinges far too much on civil liberties and strikes at the heart of some of the basic tenants of our democracy and judicial system.

She is enjoying the fame, and the increase in attention hasn’t impinged too badly on her time.

So quantum physics actually does impinge on our everyday lives, even if we do not need to be a quantum mechanic to make a TV set or a hi-fi system work.

When using the laser beam for welding the electromagnetic radiation impinges on the surface of the base metal with such a concentration of energy that the temperature of the surface is melted and volatilized.

Unsurprisingly, doing this involves sober reasoning, which scrutinizes your life carefully and rejects activities which will result overall in impingements on your tranquillity.

Electrons from the source impinge upon an x-ray anode, causing the emission of x-ray radiation toward the window.

Reading and sifting allows me to see myself as an agent in the literary culture - which I have to believe impinges at least somewhat on our common lives.

Waves of any sort set up sympathetic vibrations in the materials they impinge upon, which is the principle behind many many things, including telephones and radar.

We are a freedom-loving country and a ban would be an impingement of freedom.