Definitions for: Impression


[n] the act of pressing one thing on or into the surface of another; "he watched the impression of the seal on the hot wax"
[n] an impressionistic portrayal of a person; "he did a funny impression of a politician"
[n] (dentistry) an imprint of the teeth and gums in wax or plaster; "the dentist made an impression for use in preparing an inlay"
[n] an outward appearance; "he made a good impression"; "I wanted to create an impression of success"; "she retained that bold effect in her reproductions of the original painting"
[n] a vague idea in which some confidence is placed; "his impression of her was favorable"; "what are your feelings about the crisis?"; "it strengthened my belief in his sincerity"; "I had a feeling that she was lying"
[n] a clear and telling mental image; "he described his mental picture of his assailant"; "he had no clear picture of himself or his world"; "the events left a permanent impression in his mind"
[n] all the copies of a work printed at one time; "they ran off an initial printing of 2000 copies"
[n] a symbol that is the result of printing; "he put his stamp on the envelope"
[n] a concavity in a surface produced by pressing; "he left the impression of his fingers in the soft mud"



Webster (1913) Definition: Im*pres"sion, n. [F. impression, L. impressio.]
1. The act of impressing, or the state of being impressed;
the communication of a stamp, mold, style, or character,
by external force or by influence.

2. That which is impressed; stamp; mark; indentation;
sensible result of an influence exerted from without.

The stamp and clear impression of good sense.
--Cowper.

To shelter us from impressions of weather, we must
spin, we must weave, we must build. --Barrow.

3. That which impresses, or exercises an effect, action, or
agency; appearance; phenomenon. [Obs.]

Portentous blaze of comets and impressions in the
air. --Milton.

A fiery impression falling from out of Heaven.
--Holland.

4. Influence or effect on the senses or the intellect hence,
interest, concern. --Reid.

His words impression left. --Milton.

Such terrible impression made the dream. --Shak.

I have a father's dear impression, And wish, before
I fall into my grave, That I might see her married.
--Ford.

5. An indistinct notion, remembrance, or belief.

6. Impressiveness; emphasis of delivery.

Which must be read with an impression. --Milton.

7. (Print.) The pressure of the type on the paper, or the
result of such pressure, as regards its appearance; as, a
heavy impression; a clear, or a poor, impression; also, a
single copy as the result of printing, or the whole
edition printed at a given time.

Ten impressions which his books have had. --Dryden.

8. In painting, the first coat of color, as the priming in
house painting and the like. [R.]

9. (Engraving) A print on paper from a wood block, metal
plate, or the like.

Proof impression, one of the early impressions taken from
an engraving, before the plate or block is worn.

Synonyms: belief, depression, effect, feeling, imprint, mental picture, notion, opinion, picture, printing, stamp

See Also: appearance, channel, chap, characterization, concave shape, concavity, crack, cranny, crease, crevice, crinkle, dent, dimple, dip, droop, edition, effect, embossment, enactment, figure, fissure, furrow, groove, hunch, idea, image, imprint, imprint, incision, incurvation, incurvature, intuition, line, mackle, mark, mental image, personation, portrayal, presence, press, pressing, pressure, prick, proof, publication, revenue stamp, sag, scratch, seal, seam, slit, suspicion, symbol, test copy, thought, tout ensemble, visual aspect, wrinkle

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