verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- imp. gal.,
- impact adhesive,
- impact crater,
- impact extrusion,
- impact parameter,
- impact printer
Origin of impact
Examples from the Web for impact
The EPA felt that the State Department had not looked carefully enough at the impact of the pipeline if oil prices fell.
Residents of the neighborhoods where cops are needed the most are mixed on the impact of the apparent slowdown.
Strong currents and winds, however, mean any debris could be drifting up to 31 miles a day eastward, away from the impact zone.
And the hope is that if you can change their individual lives, it will have an impact on their families.
The change is also likely to impact the potential paydays of Cuban players coming to the United States.Is Major League Baseball Ready For Cuba’s Players?|Ben Jacobs|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Solness is smashed by his impact with Hilda, as china is against a stone.Henrik Ibsen|Edmund Gosse
They went against the side of the house shaking it with the force of their impact.A Man for the Ages|Irving Bacheller
He had noted his boat tremble at the impact and crowd away from the stranger; had felt the straining of her timbers.El Diablo|Brayton Norton
The human nervous system can only endure a certain amount of impact.
From here they felt the impact of the chattering water rising to them and falling again like a comment on their talk.The Cathedral|Sir Hugh Walpole
Word Origin for impact
c.1600, "press closely into something," from Latin impactus, past participle of impingere "to push into, dash against, thrust at" (see impinge). Originally sense preserved in impacted teeth (1876). Sense of "strike forcefully against something" first recorded 1916. Figurative sense of "have a forceful effect on" is from 1935. Related: Impacting.
1781, "collision," from impact (v.). Figurative sense of "forceful impression" is from 1817 (Coleridge).