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Dictionary Definition

impact

Noun

1 the striking of one body against another
2 a forceful consequence; a strong effect; "the book had an important impact on my thinking"; "the book packs a wallop" [syn: wallop]
3 influencing strongly; "they resented the impingement of American values on European culture" [syn: impingement, encroachment]
4 the violent interaction of individuals or groups entering into combat; "the armies met in the shock of battle" [syn: shock]

Verb

1 press or wedge together; pack together
2 have an effect upon; "Will the new rules affect me?" [syn: affect, bear upon, bear on, touch on, touch]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From Latin impingere (to dash against, impinge).

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. The force or energy of a collision of two objects.
    The hatchet cut the wood on impact.
  2. In the context of "mainly|medicine": A forced impinging.
    His spine had an impingement; L4 and L5 made impact, which caused numbness in his leg.
  3. A significant or strong influence. An effect.
    His friend's opinon had an impact on his decision.
    Which concrete we use will have a tremendous impact on the building's statics.

Translations

the force or energy of a collision of two objects
a forced impinging
  • German: Belastung, Stoß, Druck
  • Portuguese: impacto
a significant or strong influence
  • Czech: dopad
  • Finnish: vaikutus
  • German: Einwirkung, Einfluss, Beeinflussung
  • Portuguese: impacto

Verb

  1. 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.
  2. To influence; to affect; to have an impact on.
    I can make the changes, but it will impact the schedule.
  3. To collide or strike.
    When the hammer impacts the nail, it bends.

Usage notes

Some authorities object to the use of impact to mean "to influence; to affect; to have an impact on" or to mean "to collide or strike". Such usage seems to be an adaptation of the colloquial noun form of impact to use as a verb, and may be related to confusion between the terms affect and effect (impact'' thus substituting for both terms).

Translations

to compress
  • German: zusammenpressen
to influence
  • Finnish: vaikuttaa
  • German: beeinflussen, einwirken, beeinträchtigen
to collide or strike

French

Noun

impact

Extensive Definition

Impact, in direct and metaphoric sense, is a collision or conflict between two physical bodies, ideas or behaviours. It may also indicate a strong reaction on consequences of a particular event.
Impact leads to significant changes of one or both involved abstract or physical objects, for example: destruction, war, negotiation, modification of social and cultural habits, as well as the introduction of a new technology or modification of natural environmental conditions.
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In music:
  • Impact, a short-lived disco group formed in the mid-70s by Damon Harris
  • Impact, a hardcore punk band from Orange County
  • Impact, a progressive rock band from Naples, Italy.
  • Impact, a trance project of Dutch producer Richard van Dongen
  • Impact, a Romanian dance music group, formed in 1998
  • Impact Records, an American record label
Organizations
  • IMPACT, a charitable organization focusing on public and preventative interventions to stop preventable disability.
Other:
impact in German: Impact
impact in French: Impact (homonymie)
impact in Dutch: Impact
impact in Japanese: インパクト (曖昧さ回避)
impact in Polish: Zderzenie

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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