Phrases with "impact"

Yet to all their apprehensions, and especially to the priest’s, which was the most vivid and least distracted, this life received and resisted an impact from without. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

Jack London His senses, accustomed to the hum and bustle of the camp, used to the continuous impact of sights and sounds, were now left idle. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

H. G. Wells He felt something soft against his extended hand, and the impact of a broken fall quivering through his arm. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Jack London He felt the impact of bodies upon his and struck out madly for a moment with his fists. Lost Face by Jack London

Abraham Merri It was their impact that sent forth the thunderous drumming. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Olaf Stapledon The great majority in the two empires consisted of minds in which the darkness and the light were still equally balanced, but upon which the impact of circumstance overwhelmingly favoured darkness. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Arthur Machen But I suppose we can all agree that to the man in average health, the average impact of the external world on his senses is a matter of indifference. Holy Terrors by Arthur Machen

Then there is an indescribable sound — the sound of an impact that shakes the earth, and these men, familiar with death in its most awful aspects, turn sick. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

Theodore Dreiser We live in an age in which the impact of materialised forces is well-nigh irresistible: the spiritual nature is overwhelmed by the shock. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

You feel the impact of the blow, you hear the poor wretch groan, and you see him fall and you even smell the very output of his severed arteries and veins. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

Thomas Hardy To a walker practised in such places a difference between impact on maiden herbage, and on the crippled stalks of a slight footway, is perceptible through the thickest boot or shoe. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Andrew Lang The tale was not ‘unfolded to the ear,’ as the telepathic impact only affected the sense of sight. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

Arthur Machen But so far as I could judge from the talk of these sailors, the average impact of the external world had become to them a fountain of pleasure. Holy Terrors by Arthur Machen

In profile old Mrs. Sharpe looked like Whistler’s mother; when she turned full-face and you got the impact of her bright, pale, cold, seagull’s eye, she looked like a sibyl. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

Her two worlds had clashed together, and the impact had broken both. The End of the Dream by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

H. G. Wells I heard the impact of his leaps come following after me. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

Arthur Morrison It was a triangular depression or pit, sharp at the bottomjust the hole that would be made by the sharp impact of the square corner of a heavy box, if shod with iron, as the bullion cases are. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

H. G. Wells Something that sounded like the impact of a tremendous railway accident happened in the air above them, and the shrapnel bullets seethed about them like a sudden handful of hail. The Land Ironclads by H. G. Wells [1903]

The impact took the breath from him, and his horse stumbled. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Arthur Conan Doyle Under that frightful impact horses fell dead with broken necks, and many a rider, held in his saddle by the high pommel, fractured his thighs with the shock. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

H. G. Wells Throughout the most difficult ten days in their lives the entourage of Lord Thunderclap struggled to mitigate the impact of his full excitement upon the public. Star-Begotten by H. G. Wells [1937]

Suddenly he put up his hands before his face as if to shield it from the impact of the pain and sorrow which were in His eyes. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

H. G. Wells Flying from that impact he skimmed the darkling ground so nearly he could see a frightened rabbit bolting up a slope. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

He had always found pleasure in observing the impact of opposite mentalities; and Miss Brinklow’s girl-guide forthrightness applied to Lamaistic philosophy promised to be entertaining. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

The strap, which he clutched in his fall, saved him from coming to the ground; but the impact of his eighty-four kilograms caused the sharp iron to enter the flesh of his leg pretty deeply. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

But the three leaders made the clearest and sharpest impact on my mind. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Abraham Merri Under the awful impact globes and pyramids were shattered into hundreds of fragments, rocket bursts of blue and azure and violet flame, flames rainbowed and irised. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

The impact of the thick end of the cudgel came down on its head like a thunderbolt from the blue. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

He thought he could soon begin to map out that line in imagination, though the impact of a new surprise deferred the matter. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

The impact of my impudence stopped him short, much as a bullet might have done. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

The portrait becomes thrillingly vital if we realize that the stains upon it are the impact of accidental conditions on a nature which might otherwise have been useful and fleckless. Henrik Ibsen by Edmund Gosse

Arthur Conan Doyle Our help had come too late, however, for the impact of the great fish had broken the vitrine bell of the Atlantean and he had been drowned. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

Olaf Stapledon And though these images were but the fantasies of created minds, it seemed to me that one and all did indeed embody some true feature of the Star Maker’s impact upon the creatures. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Abraham Merri Involuntarily I closed my eyes against the annihilating impact that seemed inevitable. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

H.P. Lovecraft As the old man whispered the words “more the same” a tiny splattering impact was heard, and something showed on the yellowed paper of the upturned volume. The Picture in the House by H.P. Lovecraft [1920]

Thomas Hardy Why do ye turn away, Jude?” she continued, as the boy, feeling the impact of their glances like slaps upon his face, moved aside. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy A squally wind blows in the face with an impact which proclaims that the vapours of the air sail low to-night. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

R. D. Blackmore The fellow was too much amazed to strike, or close with him, or even swear, but received the vehement impact without any stay behind him. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

I jumped desperately as it passed and the noise of my impact among the few empty tins that it carried was drowned happily in the scrunching of its brakes. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

Algernon Blackwood Yet not outwardly; nor was the terrific impact of their advent known completely to any but himself alone who sought to harbour them now within his little human organism. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Olaf Stapledon In love with them, indeed, he still was; but he had seemingly outgrown all desire to save them from the consequences of their finitude and from the cruel impact of the environment. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Jack London An oath from Perrault, the resounding impact of a club upon a bony frame, and a shrill yelp of pain, heralded the breaking forth of pandemonium. The Call of the Wild by Jack London [1903]

H. G. Wells The impact in this particular case had been light or made without sufficient ink, and half the letters of the name had left no impression. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

Jacques Futrelle The impact is so terrific that what had been two feet of compressed carbon is instantly condensed into an irregular disk, one inch or an inch and a half thick. The Diamond Master by Jacques Futrelle [1909]

G. K. Chesterton Lady Enid endured the impact of this singular subject for debate without losing that expression of wistful sweetness which she wore on principle when talking to such people. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

Jack London Only from without could reality impact upon him and reawake within him an awareness of reality. The Red One by Jack London [1918]

When the wind is in impact with a cloud and by its force rends the cloud, it generates thunder and lightning. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

Arthur Conan Doyle The impact of the creature shook the bars upon which I lay, until I thought (as far as I could think of anything at such a moment) that they were coming down. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

H. G. Wells No doubt its impact had caused a flash of fire. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

Edgar Rice Burroughs The impact hurled me to my knees, but the shield had deflected the missile and I was unscathed. At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1914]

H. G. Wells He sat down spasmodically, with an impact that seemed to him to re-echo through the church. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

Robert Louis Stevenson It was what he had looked for, yet it shocked him; and he marvelled that so rough an impact should not have kicked a groan out of the drunkard. The Misadventures of John Nicholson by Robert Louis Stevenson

Olaf Stapledon Its impact on society, anyhow, was obvious. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

F. Scott Fitzgerald She heard grunts, curses, the muffled impact of fists. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The class is sheltered from the stress of economic exigencies, and is in this sense withdrawn from the rude impact of forces which make for adaptation to the economic situation. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

George Meredith Popular artists, intent to gratify the national taste for effects called realistic, have figured in scenes of battle the raying fragments of a man from impact of a cannon-ball on his person. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Jules Verne There were not 20,000 miles between the comet and the earth! The calculated time of impact was 2 hours 47 minutes 35. Off on a Comet by Jules Verne [1877]

A bullet had struck the metal framework of the greenhouse, and the impact had shattered a number of panes. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

Olaf Stapledon Sometimes it pleased the Star Maker to ordain that each creature in a cosmos should be an inevitable, determinate expression of the environment’s impact on its ancestors and itself. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

For a moment the impact made him feel sick, but in a few seconds he had pulled his torch out and was inspecting what had brought him up so dead. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

Thomas Hardy This did not originate in inherent shamelessness, but in her living too far from the world to feel the impact of public opinion. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Edith Wharton Oh, she was enough of an artist herself to know that there must be fallow periods — that the impact of new impressions seldom produced immediate results. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

Olaf Stapledon The physical experience of the beings was wholly determined by their mutual impact on one another. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

D.H. Lawrence Beatrice was careful not to let the blow of Siegmund’s death fall with full impact upon her. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence