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Impact appears in the following palindrome (phrase that reads the same backward as forward):

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb impact:


The word impact and its family (impacted, impacting, impacts) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun impact

What does impact mean as a name of something?

Impact is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: impacts

  1. the striking of one body against another
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • more generic words: contact / impinging / striking = the physical coming together of two or more things
    • more specific words:
      • blow / bump = an impact
      • slam = a forceful impact that makes a loud noise
  2. a forceful consequence; a strong effect
  3. influencing strongly
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of impact: encroachment / impingement
    • more generic word: influence = causation of an event without any direct or apparent effort
  4. the violent interaction of individuals or groups entering into combat

Alternative definition of the noun impact


  1. The force or energy of a collision of two objects.
  2. [chiefly medicine] A forced impinging.
  3. A significant or strong influence; an effect.

Specialised definition of the noun impact

Glossary of management / IT service management / service support

measure of the business criticality of an incident; often equal to the extent to which an incident leads to distortion of agreed or expected service levels

Glossary of sports

a collision of one object against another (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

the effect that something or someone has (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the verb impact

What does impact mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: impacted | impacting | impacts

  1. press or wedge together; pack together
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic words: force / squeeze / wedge = squeeze like a wedge into a tight space
  2. have an effect upon

Alternative definition of the verb impact


  1. [transitive] To compress; to compact; to press or pack together.
  2. [transitive, proscribed] To influence; to affect; to have an impact on.
  3. [transitive] To collide or strike.


  1. "Impact" is a 1949 film noir drama directed by Arthur Lubin and starring Brian Donlevy and Ella Raines. It was filmed entirely in California and included scenes filmed at San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf and other locations around the city. The film was based on a story by film noir writer Jay Dratler. The supporting cast features Charles Coburn, Helen Walker, Anna May Wong, Philip Ahn and William Wright.
  2. "Impact" is a 1963 British crime thriller directed by Peter Maxwell and starring Conrad Phillips.
    • country: United Kingdom
    • language: English Language
    • genres: Crime Fiction, Thriller
    • released in (52 years ago)
  3. "Impact" is a film.
    • country: Hong Kong
    • language: Hong Kong Cantonese
    • genre: Chinese Movies
  4. "Impact" a.k.a. "Warren Miller's Impact": Impact is a 2004 documentary film directed by Max Bervy.

Phrases with Impact

  1. Impact crater
  2. Impact Energy
  3. impact printer
  4. Impact Resistance
  5. Charpy Impact Test
  6. Adverse Impact

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Impact

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Google previewWastewater Treatment Facilities for the City of New Bedford, MA (1991)

Environmental Impact Statement

The disruption was evaluated as follows: a significant impact means that travel routes would pass through high-density residential areas with a large number of sensitive receptors; a moderate impact means that travel routes would pass ...

Google previewEngineering Mechanics (1990)

Dynamics by I. C. Jong, B. G. Rogers

IMPACT AND SPECIAL TOPIC 14.7 Impact An impact is a forceful collision or contact between two bodies over a very...

Google previewMatilija Dam Ecosystem Resoration Feasibility Study (2004)

Environmental Impact Statement

A significant impact is a substantial, or potentially substantial, adverse change in any of the physical conditions within the area affected by the Proposed Action. Various agencies provide guidance for determining the significance of impacts; ...

Google previewIntroducing HTML5 Game Development (2012)

by Jesse Freeman

Impact is a JavaScript game framework created by Dominic Szablewski.

Google previewTehachapi Renewable Transmission Project (TRTP) (2010)

Environmental Impact Statement

A Class II impact is a significant adverse effect that can be reduced to a less than significant level through the application of feasible mitigation measures presented in this Programmatic Analysis. Class HI: Adverse, less than significant. A Class ...

Google previewIntroduction To Public Health (2016)

by CTI Reviews

IMPACT is a successful merger of many different science communities that need similar instrumentation and resources. IMPACT is a merger of IMPF (International Microgravity Plasma Facility) and ICAPS (Interactions in Cosmic and ...

Google previewThe Secrets of NI (2012)

Being Your Ecstatic Self by Reverend Ananda Joy

V —Albert Einstein When you identify yourself with the thought system of duality the impact is the suffering described in...

innocent, and eternally one with and the same as your Divine Creator, the impact is a whole new reality of perfect love ...

Google previewMarket Microstructure in Emerging and Developed Markets (2013)

by H. Kent Baker, Halil Kiymaz

Price impact is an important component of transactions costs. It is sometimes referred to as the implicit cost...

Google previewCosmic Rays in Magnetospheres of the Earth and Other Planets (2016)

Astronomy, Planetary science by CTI Reviews

IMPACT is a successful merger of many different science communities that need similar instrumentation and resources. IMPACT is a merger of IMPF (International Microgravity Plasma Facility) and ICAPS (Interactions in Cosmic and ...

Google previewIntroduction To The Health Professions (2016)

Medicine, Medicine by CTI Reviews

IMPACT is a successful merger of many different science communities that need similar instrumentation and resources.

Google previewCollege Physics (2016)

by CTI Reviews

IMPACT is a successful merger of many different science communities that need similar instrumentation and resources. IMPACT is a merger of IMPF (International Microgravity Plasma Facility) and ICAPS (Interactions in Cosmic and ...

Google previewProceedings of the ... World Congress of the International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy (IVR) (2004)

Pluralism and Law : Amsterdam, 2001. Legal reasoning by International Association for the Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy

Rational impact means that an argument is convincing just if you do it step by step, like many mathematical calculations. (3) Emotional impact means, that an argument is not convincing but touching you emotionally. Rational prima facie ...

Google previewSilting Problems in Hydro Power Plants (2000)

Proceedings of the First International Conference, New Delhi, India, 13-15th October 1999 by C.V.J. Varma, B.S.K. Naidu, A.R.G. Rao

The long range impact is the slow death of the reservoir, inflicted due to continuous silting, while the short range impact is the wear and tear of the turbine parts. Power Reservoirs are unique and different from other Engineering Infrastructures, ...

Google previewEarthlink: Impact (2012)

by Sarah Barnard

Earthlink:Impact is a short novella, at only approx 20,000 words, a quick read.

Google previewDictionary of Global Climate Change (2008)

climate impact assessments 43 climate impact studies climate change; * measuring and evaluating the impacts of particular climate fluctuations to improve mitigation efforts; * providing guidance for the application of climate data to improve the ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Epidemiology (2014)

by Miquel Porta

67,69,240 IMPACT EVALUATION 1. The measurement and assessment ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia of Dalits in India: Human rights : new dimensions in Dalit problems (2002)

Impact. of. Constitutional. Measures. For centuries together social injustices based on caste, creed, religion, class, etc, have been the bane of the Indian society. Of them caste with its ideology of graded inequality and with its package of social ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Psychological Trauma (2008)

by Gilbert Reyes, Jon D. Elhai, Julian D. Ford

IMPACT. OF. EVENT. SCALE—REVISED. Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was introduced into the world mental health nomenclature in 1978 (World Health Organization, 1978), attesting to the recognition of a near universal symptomatic ...

Google previewDictionary of Disaster Medicine and Humanitarian Relief (2012)

by S. William A. Gunn

Energy problem The impact of the aggregate patterns and extents of energy consumption upon the environment and the capacity of that environment and society to meet the energy needs for an equitable and sustainable development.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Chemical Processing and Design, Volume 69 (Supplement 1) (2001)

by Rayford Anthony

Impact. on. Process. Industry. Introduction. Chemical accidents have been caused by a number of reasons, including human error, design flaws, lack of process and engineering knowledge, equipment failure, and natural disasters. The danger ...

Google previewLanguage Production, Cognition, and the Lexicon (2014)

by Núria Gala, Reinhard Rapp, Gemma Bel-Enguix

Impact. Factor. Joseph Mariani and Gil Francopoulo Abstract We feel it is important to have a clear picture of what exists in terms of Language Resources and Evaluation (LRE) in order to be able to carry on research investigations in ...

Google previewConcise Encyclopedia of Church and Religious Organization Marketing (2013)

by Robert E Stevens, David L Loudon, Henry Cole, Bruce Wrenn

Although the details of the specific medium used, messages sent, timing, and frequency are usually spelled out in the marketing plan, the planner must also evaluate various alternatives because of the cost involved and the resulting impact on ...

Google previewThe Routledge Encyclopedia of Film Theory (2013)

by Edward Branigan, Warren Buckland

An attraction aggressively subjected the spectator to 'sensual or psychological impact' [Eisenstein]. According to Eisenstein, theater should consist of a montage of such attractions, creating a relation to the spectator entirely different from the ...

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Quotes about Impact

Environmental protection doesn't happen in a vacuum. You can't separate the impact on the environment from the impact on our families and communities. (Jim Clyburn)
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Scrabble value of I1M3P3A1C3T1

The value of this 6-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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