Definitions for impactˈɪm pækt; ɪmˈpækt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

im•pact*ˈɪm pækt; ɪmˈpækt(n.; v.)

  1. the striking of one thing against another; collision.

  2. influence; effect:

    the impact of Einstein on modern physics.

  3. a forcible impinging:

    the tremendous impact of the shot.

  4. the force exerted by a new idea, concept, technology, or ideology:

    the impact of the industrial revolution.

  5. (v.t.)to drive or press closely or firmly into something.

  6. to fill up; congest.

  7. to collide with:

    a rocket designed to impact the planet Mars.

    Category: Rocketry

  8. to have an impact or effect on; influence:

    The decision may impact your whole career.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  9. (v.i.)to make contact forcefully.

  10. to have an impact:

    Increased demand will impact on sales.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

* Usage: The verb impact has developed the transitive sense “to have an impact or effect on” (The new reading program has impacted the elementary schools favorably) and the intransitive sense “to have an impact or effect” (Our work here impacts on every department in the company) These uses, though common, are often harshly criticized.

Origin of impact:

1775–85; back formation from impacted

Princeton's WordNet

  1. impact(noun)

    the striking of one body against another

  2. impact, wallop(noun)

    a forceful consequence; a strong effect

    "the book had an important impact on my thinking"; "the book packs a wallop"

  3. impingement, encroachment, impact(noun)

    influencing strongly

    "they resented the impingement of American values on European culture"

  4. shock, impact(verb)

    the violent interaction of individuals or groups entering into combat

    "the armies met in the shock of battle"

  5. impact(verb)

    press or wedge together; pack together

  6. affect, impact, bear upon, bear on, touch on, touch(verb)

    have an effect upon

    "Will the new rules affect me?"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. impactɪmpˈækt

    a collision, or the force of a collision

    The plane broke up upon impact.

Wiktionary

  1. impact(Noun)

    The force or energy of a collision of two objects.

    The hatchet cut the wood on impact.

  2. impact(Noun)

    A forced impinging.

    His spine had an impingement; L4 and L5 made impact, which caused numbness in his leg.

  3. impact(Noun)

    A significant or strong influence; an effect.

  4. impact(Verb)

    To compress; to compact; to press or pack together.

    If fecal incontinence is caused by impacted stool in the rectum, the impaction must be removed.

  5. impact(Verb)

    To influence; to affect; to have an impact on.

    I can make the changes, but it will impact the schedule.

  6. impact(Verb)

    To collide or strike.

    When the hammer impacts the nail, it bends.

  7. Origin: From impactus, perfect passive participle of impingo.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Impact(verb)

    to drive close; to press firmly together: to wedge into a place

  2. Impact(noun)

    contact or impression by touch; collision; forcible contact; force communicated

  3. Impact(noun)

    the single instantaneous stroke of a body in motion against another either in motion or at rest

Freebase

  1. IMPACT

    IMPACT is a successful merger of many different science communities that need similar instrumentation and resources. IMPACT is a merger of IMPF and ICAPS, originally conceived as two separate experimental facilities, both with their own development history. In May 2002, the dedicated scientific advisory boards for the IMPF and ICPAS recommended the combination of the two experiments into one ESA research laboratory. Both projects share hardware, space station accommodation and operations, and data processing and downloading functions in common. By consolidating these systems into a single laboratory significant reductions have been made to the overall project cost, by eliminating the duplication of expensive development, manufacturing, and qualification tasks.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'impact' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1394

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'impact' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1752

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'impact' in Nouns Frequency: #611


Translations for impact

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

impact(noun)

(the force of) one object etc hitting against another

The bomb exploded on impact.

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