What does impact mean?

Definitions for impactˈɪm pækt; ɪmˈpækt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word impact.

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?"


  1. Impact(v. t.)

    To affect or influence, especially in a significant or undesirable manner; as, budget cuts impacted the entire research program; the fish populations were adversely impacted by pollution.

  2. Impact(v. t.)

    To collide forcefully with; to strike.

  3. Origin: [L. impactus, p. p. of impingere to push, strike against. See Impinge.]


  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

  4. Origin: [L. impactus, p. p. of impingere to push, strike against. See Impinge.]



    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Impact

    im-pakt′, v.t. to press firmly together: to drive close.—n. Im′pact, a striking against: collision: the blow of a body in motion impinging on another body: the impulse resulting from collision.—Impacted fracture (surg.), when one part of the bone is forcibly driven into the other. [O. Fr. impacter—L. impactus, pa.p. of impingēre. See Impinge.]

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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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of impact in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of impact in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Victor Kwong:

    The impact is huge.

  2. Steven Murphy:

    The impact is significant.

  3. Safra Catz:

    It had a very negative impact.

  4. Karsten Zang:

    We don't see a huge impact yet.

  5. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga:

    This will have absolutely no impact.

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Translations for impact

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • تأثيرArabic
  • dopadCzech
  • Einwirkung, beeinflussen, kollidieren, einwirken, beeinträchtigen, Einschlag, Druck, Aufprall, zusammenstossen, Aufschlag, Beeinflussung, Einfluss, Belastung, Stoß, einschlagen, zusammenpressen, WirkungGerman
  • σύγκρουσηGreek
  • impacto, consecuencia, efectoSpanish
  • iskuvaikutus, törmäys, vaikuttaa, törmätä, iskeytyä, puristaa kokoon, isku, vaikutus, iskeäFinnish
  • impact, affecter, toucherFrench
  • प्रभावHindi
  • ütközik, behatás, befolyás, befolyásol, összenyomódikHungarian
  • impatto, effettoItalian
  • פְּגִיעָהHebrew
  • Korean
  • ictusLatin
  • samenpersen, botsing, inslag, inwerken, beïnvloedenDutch
  • virkning, treffvirkning, innvirkningNorwegian
  • zderzać, wpływ, uderzać, uderzenie, ściskać, wpływaćPolish
  • impactoPortuguese
  • efectRomanian
  • уда́р, влия́ние, толчо́к, сотрясе́ние, возде́йствие, влияниеRussian
  • தாக்கம்Tamil
  • ส่งผลกระทบThai
  • çarpma, tesir, vuruş, etkiTurkish
  • 碰撞Chinese

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