What does impact mean?

Definitions for impact
ˈɪm pækt; ɪmˈpæktim·pact

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. impactnoun

    the striking of one body against another

  2. impact, wallopnoun

    a forceful consequence; a strong effect

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

  3. impingement, encroachment, impactnoun

    influencing strongly

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

  4. shock, impactverb

    the violent interaction of individuals or groups entering into combat

    "the armies met in the shock of battle"

  5. impactverb

    press or wedge together; pack together

  6. affect, impact, bear upon, bear on, touch on, touchverb

    have an effect upon

    "Will the new rules affect me?"


  1. Impactverb

    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. Impactverb

    To collide forcefully with; to strike.


  1. impactnoun

    The force or energy of a collision of two objects.

    The hatchet cut the wood on impact.

  2. impactnoun

    A forced impinging.

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

  3. impactnoun

    A significant or strong influence; an effect.

  4. impactverb

    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. impactverb

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

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

  6. impactverb

    To collide or strike.

    When the hammer impacts the nail, it bends.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Impactverb

    To drive close or hard.

    Etymology: impactus, Latin.

    They are angular; but of what particular figure is not easy to determine, because of their being impacted so thick and confusedly together. John Woodward, on Fossils.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Impactverb

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

  2. Impactnoun

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

  3. Impactnoun

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

  4. Etymology: [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.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. impact

    In gunnery, the single instantaneous blow or stroke of a body in motion against another either in motion or at rest.

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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

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  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

Examples of impact in a Sentence

  1. Ude Adigwe:

    It would seem that companies are trying to defray or offset the impact on their finances by putting the burden on the ordinary worker.

  2. Zhang Yinbao:

    I'm very worried that these dangerous chemicals will harm my health, the government has said they won't have a big impact, but we have no way to know for sure.

  3. Ryan Mauro:

    Closing Guantanamo Bay will have no impact on terrorist recruitment and radicalization, there is not a single case that I am aware of where a moderate, peace-loving Muslim became angry over the Gitmo issue and suddenly decided to wage violent jihad, behead innocent people, implement theocracy and commit human rights abuses like executing gays and abusing women.

  4. Tom Thibodeau:

    I think he’s learned a lot about how to manage his body, i think he’s in great shape. He’s lighter than he’s ever been. So, I think he’ll have a great impact on our young guys in terms of how to navigate the league, how to overcome adversity, that sort of thing — and understanding the game.

  5. Lebanon Sigrid Kaag:

    It has contributed to political polarization at a time when Lebanon must make a united effort to safeguard the country from the impact of the Syrian crisis.

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Translations for impact

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  • تأثيرArabic
  • dopadCzech
  • Einschlag, Belastung, Wirkung, Einfluss, Beeinflussung, Aufschlag, zusammenstossen, Aufprall, Stoß, Druck, zusammenpressen, beeinträchtigen, Einwirkung, einwirken, einschlagen, beeinflussen, kollidierenGerman
  • σύγκρουσηGreek
  • impacto, consecuencia, efectoSpanish
  • törmäys, isku, puristaa kokoon, iskuvaikutus, iskeä, vaikutus, iskeytyä, törmätä, vaikuttaaFinnish
  • affecter, impact, toucherFrench
  • प्रभावHindi
  • befolyásol, ütközik, összenyomódik, befolyás, behatásHungarian
  • dampakIndonesian
  • effetto, impattoItalian
  • פְּגִיעָהHebrew
  • 影響Japanese
  • ಪ್ರಭಾವKannada
  • 타격Korean
  • ictusLatin
  • inslag, botsing, inwerken, beïnvloeden, samenpersenDutch
  • virkning, innvirkning, treffvirkningNorwegian
  • uderzenie, wpływać, ściskać, uderzać, wpływ, zderzaćPolish
  • impactoPortuguese
  • efectRomanian
  • возде́йствие, сотрясе́ние, толчо́к, влия́ние, уда́р, влияниеRussian
  • தாக்கம்Tamil
  • ప్రభావంTelugu
  • ส่งผลกระทบThai
  • vuruş, çarpma, tesir, etkiTurkish
  • کے اثراتUrdu
  • פּראַלYiddish
  • 碰撞Chinese

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    pose a threat to; present a danger to
    • A. fudge
    • B. jeopardize
    • C. inspire
    • D. signify

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