- the striking of one thing against another; forceful contact; collision: The impact of the colliding cars broke the windshield.
- an impinging: the impact of light on the eye.
- influence; effect: the impact of Einstein on modern physics.
- an impacting; forcible impinging: the tremendous impact of the shot.
- the force exerted by a new idea, concept, technology, or ideology: the impact of the industrial revolution.
- to drive or press closely or firmly into something; pack in.
- to fill up; congest; throng: A vast crowd impacted St. Peter's Square.
- to collide with; strike forcefully: a rocket designed to impact the planet Mars.
- to have an impact or effect on; influence; alter: The decision may impact your whole career. The auto industry will be impacted by the new labor agreements.
- to have impact or make contact forcefully: The ball impacted against the bat with a loud noise.
- to have an impact or effect: Increased demand will impact on sales.
Origin of impact
Examples from the Web for impacting
Do the American people believe population growth is impacting the disappearance of wildlife?New Poll Finds Americans Are Worried About Runaway Population Growth
February 28, 2013
Things are not all rosy, however; Summers also said inaction in Congress was impacting the country's fiscal situation.April 4: 7 Best Moments From Sunday Talk
The Daily Beast Video
April 4, 2010
They do not coat the infantile matter with a hard or impacting envelope.Instigations
The water, impacting against the side of the house, spouted skyward as high as the crojack-yard.The Mutiny of the Elsinore
The direct, proximate, or necessary function of the hammer in normal operation is impacting.The Classification of Patents
United States Patent Office
He spread his feet, braced his shoulders and chest to the impacting masses of words, and waited.The Wolf Cub
The evolution or revolution of information technology is impacting everything we do and how we do it on a worldwide basis.Shock and Awe
Harlan K. Ullman
- the act of one body, object, etc, striking another; collision
- the force with which one thing hits another or with which two objects collide
- the impression made by an idea, cultural movement, social group, etcthe impact of the Renaissance on Medieval Europe
- to drive or press (an object) firmly into (another object, thing, etc) or (of two objects) to be driven or pressed firmly together
- to have an impact or strong effect (on)
Word Origin and History for impacting
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).