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Meaning of impression by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Old French impression, from Latin impressio .


    • IPA: /ɪmˈpɹeʃən/
    • Rhymes: -ɛʃən


    impression ( plural: impressions )

    1. The indentation or depression made by the pressure of one object on or into another .
      His head made an impression on the pillow .
    2. The overall effect of something, e.g., on a person .
      What is your impression of Beatles' music?
    3. A vague recalling of an event, a belief
      I have the impression that he's already left for Paris .
    4. An impersonation, an imitation of the mannerisms of another individual
    5. An outward appearance
    6. ( advertising ) An online advertising performance metric representing an instance where an ad is shown once


Explanation of impression by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. the act of pressing one thing on or into the surface of another

    2. he watched the impression of the seal on the hot wax
    3. an impressionistic portrayal of a person

    4. he did a funny impression of a politician
    5. an imprint of the teeth and gums in wax or plaster

    6. the dentist took an impression for use in preparing an inlay
    7. an outward appearance

    8. he made a good impression
      I wanted to create an impression of success
    9. a vague idea in which some confidence is placed

    10. his impression of her was favorable
    11. a clear and telling mental image

    12. the events left a permanent impression in his mind
    13. all the copies of a work printed at one time

    14. a symbol that is the result of printing or engraving

    15. a concavity in a surface produced by pressing

    16. he left the impression of his fingers in the soft mud

    Definition of impression by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Impression 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; as, “a copy from the fifth impression”.

      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.