im·pact·ed | \im-ˈpak-təd \

Definition of impacted 

1a : packed or wedged in

b : deeply entrenched : not easily changed or removed

2 of a tooth : wedged between the jawbone and another tooth

3 : strongly or directly affected by something especially in a negative way Disasters relief teams surveyed the impacted neighborhoods.

4 : of, relating to, or being an area (such as a school district) providing tax-supported services to a population having a large proportion of federal employees and especially those living or working on tax-exempt federal property aid to education in impacted areas

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Associates at impacted locations will be offered the opportunity to interview for available positions at other store locations, officials said. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "More than 300 Hoosiers will lose their jobs when Carson's stores close," 8 Feb. 2018 Charlotte Area Transit System The Charlotte Area Transit System said that all businesses on West Trade Street and other impacted areas will be open. Steve Harrison, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte's streetcar construction is going to make driving uptown more challenging," 3 July 2018 His work has fundamentally impacted peoples’ lives for the last 40 years. Lisa Deaderick,, "In search of a more intimate comic convention experience, he starts one for fans like himself," 14 June 2018 Interestingly, eDNA outperformed the other methods in both pristine and impacted areas. Smithsonian, "Scientists Have a New Way of Knowing How Many Sharks Are in the Sea," 4 May 2018 Conred spokesman David de Leon said Wednesday that rescuers are headed back into the impacted area. Fox News, "Guatemala resumes search for victims of volcano eruption," 13 June 2018 Since the new restrictions only affect ads, the most impacted publications tend to be the ones most comfortable paying Facebook to promote content. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "Facebook’s ad rules are forcing news outlets to register as political advertisers," 1 June 2018 In North Carolina, for example, a plan to put power lines underground was dropped because utility rates in the impacted area would have risen by 125 percent. Kendra Atleework, The Atlantic, "Power Lines Are Burning the West," 25 May 2018 Free masks were being provided Thursday for those within the impacted area to help filter the ash, but the Hawaii government’s website says that masks should be limited to one per family to ensure universal access. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano Just Erupted From Its Summit and Sent Ash 30,000 Feet in the Air: The Latest," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of impacted

1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of impacted

of a tooth : growing under another tooth


im·pact·ed | \im-ˈpak-təd \

Medical Definition of impacted 

1a : blocked by material (as feces) that is firmly packed or wedged in position an impacted colon

b : wedged or lodged in a bodily passage an impacted mass of feces an impacted fetus in the birth canal

2 : characterized by broken ends of bone driven together an impacted fracture

3 of a tooth : wedged between the jawbone and another tooth an impacted wisdom tooth

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