Impact definition

ĭmpăkt
To have an effect.
verb
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To strike forcefully.

Meteorites impacting the lunar surface.

verb
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To hit with force.
verb
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(usage problem) To have an effect or impact on.
verb
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The force of a collision; shock.
noun
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The power of an event, idea, etc. to produce changes, move the feelings, etc.
noun
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(proscribed) To influence; to affect; to have an impact on.

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

verb
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To pack firmly together.
verb
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To have an effect or impact.
verb
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The definition of impact is one thing crashing into or having an effect on another.

An example of impact is the effect that humans are having on the environment.

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The striking of one body against another; collision.
noun
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The force transmitted by a collision.
noun
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The striking of one body against another; collision.
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The force or energy of a collision of two objects.

The hatchet cut the wood on impact.

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(chiefly medicine) A forced impinging.

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

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A significant or strong influence; an effect.

His friend's opinion had an impact on his decision.

Our choice of concrete will have a tremendous impact on the building's mechanical performance.

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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.

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When the hammer impacts the nail, it bends.

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The effect or impression of one person or thing on another.

Still gauging the impact of automation on the lives of factory workers.

noun
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A striking together; violent contact; collision.
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To force tightly together; pack; wedge.
verb
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To affect.
verb
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
impact
Plural:
impacts

Origin of impact

  • From Latin impāctus past participle of impingere to push against impinge

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin impāctus, perfect passive participle of impingō (“dash against, impinge”).

    From Wiktionary