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In*fringe" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Infringed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Infringing (?).] [L. infringere; pref. in- in + frangere to break. See Fraction, and cf. Infract .] 1. To break; to violate; to transgress; to neglect to fulfill or obey; as, to infringe a law, right, or contract.
If the first that did the edict infringe, Shak.
Had answered for his deed.
The peace . . . was infringed by Appius Claudius. Golding.
2. To hinder; to destroy; as, to infringe efficacy; to infringe delight or power. [Obs.] Hooker.
In*fringe", v. i. 1. To break, violate, or transgress some contract, rule, or law; to injure; to offend.
2. To encroach; to trespass; -- followed by on or upon; as, to infringe upon the rights of another.