1. the violent interaction of individuals or groups entering into combat

    Synonyms : shock
    Type Of : combat, fight, fighting, scrap
  2. have an effect upon

    Synonyms : affect, bear on, bear upon, touch, touch on
    Type Of : modify, change, alter
  3. influencing strongly

    Synonyms : encroachment, impingement
    Type Of : influence
  4. a forceful consequence; a strong effect

    Synonyms : wallop
    Type Of : outcome, upshot, result, issue, consequence, effect, event
    Examples :
    • the book had an important impact on my thinking
  5. press or wedge together; pack together

    Type Of : wedge, force, squeeze
  6. the striking of one body against another

    Type Of : striking, contact, impinging


  1. in an inextricable manner

    Examples :
    • motives inspired by Mammon were often inextricably blended with things pertaining to Caesar and to God


  1. caused by infection or capable of causing infection

    Synonyms : infective
  2. easily spread

    Antonyms : noninfectious
    Examples :
    • fear is exceedingly infectious; children catch it from their elders
  3. of or relating to infection

    Examples :
    • infectious hospital
    • infectious disease


  1. cause to start burning; subject to fire or great heat

    Synonyms : light
    Antonyms : extinguish
    Type Of : burn, combust
    Examples :
    • Great heat can ignite almost any dry matter
  2. start to burn or burst into flames

    Synonyms : catch fire, combust, conflagrate, erupt, take fire
    Type Of : change state, turn
    Examples :
    • Marsh gases ignited suddenly
  3. start or maintain a fire in

    Synonyms : fire, light
  4. arouse or excite feelings and passions

    Synonyms : fire up, heat, inflame, stir up, wake
    Type Of : elicit, raise, provoke, kindle, fire, arouse, evoke, enkindle
    Examples :
    • The ostentatious way of living of the rich ignites the hatred of the poor


  1. (used of physical stimuli) serving to stimulate or excite

    Synonyms : irritative
  2. causing physical discomfort

    Synonyms : painful
    Examples :
    • bites of black flies are more than irritating; they can be very painful
  3. causing irritation or annoyance

    Synonyms : annoying, bothersome, galling, nettlesome, pesky, pestering, pestiferous, plaguey, plaguy, teasing, vexatious, vexing
    Examples :
    • an irritating delay


  1. a computer network consisting of a worldwide network of computer networks that use the TCP/IP network protocols to facilitate data transmission and exchange

    Synonyms : cyberspace, net
    Type Of : computer network


  1. lacking the ability or skill to perform effectively; inadequate

    Synonyms : ineffective
    Examples :
    • inefficient workers
  2. not producing desired results; wasteful

    Antonyms : efficient
    Examples :
    • an inefficient campaign against drugs
    • outdated and inefficient design and methods


  1. an individual instance of a type of symbol

    Synonyms : token
    Type Of : symbol
  2. a distinct part that can be specified separately in a group of things that could be enumerated on a list

    Synonyms : point
    Type Of : constituent, part, component, portion, component part
    Examples :
    • he noticed an item in the New York Times
    • she had several items on her shopping list
  3. a small part that can be considered separately from the whole

    Synonyms : detail, particular
    Type Of : constituent, part, portion, component, component part
  4. an isolated fact that is considered separately from the whole

    Synonyms : detail, point
    Type Of : fact
  5. a whole individual unit; especially when included in a list or collection

    Type Of : whole, unit
    Examples :
    • they reduced the price on many items


  1. act together or towards others or with others

    Type Of : move, act
    Examples :
    • He should interact more with his colleagues


  1. a state in midwestern United States

    Synonyms : hoosier state, ind., indiana
  2. to or toward the inside of

    Synonyms : inward, inwards
    Examples :
    • come in
    • smash in the door
  3. a unit of length equal to one twelfth of a foot

    Synonyms : inch
    Type Of : linear measure, linear unit
  4. a rare soft silvery metallic element; occurs in small quantities in sphalerite

    Synonyms : atomic number 49, indium
    Type Of : metallic element, metal
  5. currently fashionable

    Examples :
    • the in thing to do
    • large shoulder pads are in
  6. directed or bound inward

    Examples :
    • took the in bus
    • the in basket
  7. holding office

    Examples :
    • the in party