Definition of Impression

1. Noun. A vague idea in which some confidence is placed. "I had a feeling that she was lying"

Exact synonyms: Belief, Feeling, Notion, Opinion
Generic synonyms: Idea, Thought
Specialized synonyms: Presence, Effect, First Blush, Hunch, Intuition, Suspicion
Derivative terms: Believe, Feel, Impressionistic

2. Noun. An outward appearance. "She retained that bold effect in her reproductions of the original painting"
Exact synonyms: Effect
Generic synonyms: Appearance, Visual Aspect
Specialized synonyms: Figure, Image, Mark, Tout Ensemble
Derivative terms: Impressionistic

3. Noun. A clear and telling mental image. "The events left a permanent impression in his mind"
Exact synonyms: Mental Picture, Picture
Generic synonyms: Image, Mental Image
Derivative terms: Picture

4. Noun. A concavity in a surface produced by pressing. "He left the impression of his fingers in the soft mud"

5. Noun. A symbol that is the result of printing or engraving. "He put his stamp on the envelope"
Exact synonyms: Stamp
Generic synonyms: Symbol
Specialized synonyms: Embossment, Imprint, Seal
Derivative terms: Stamp, Stamp

6. Noun. All the copies of a work printed at one time. "They ran off an initial printing of 2000 copies"
Exact synonyms: Printing
Generic synonyms: Publication
Specialized synonyms: Edition, Proof, Test Copy, Trial Impression, Mackle
Category relationships: Printing, Printing Process

7. Noun. (dentistry) an imprint of the teeth and gums in wax or plaster. "The dentist took an impression for use in preparing an inlay"
Generic synonyms: Imprint
Category relationships: Dental Medicine, Dentistry, Odontology

8. Noun. An impressionistic portrayal of a person. "He did a funny impression of a politician"

9. Noun. The act of pressing one thing on or into the surface of another. "He watched the impression of the seal on the hot wax"
Generic synonyms: Press, Pressing, Pressure
Derivative terms: Impress

Definition of Impression

1. n. 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.

Definition of Impression

1. Noun. The indentation or depression made by the pressure of one object on or into another. ¹

2. Noun. The overall effect of something, e.g., on a person. ¹

3. Noun. A vague recalling of an event, a belief ¹

4. Noun. An impersonation, an imitation of the mannerisms of another individual ¹

5. Noun. An outward appearance ¹

6. Noun. (advertising) An online advertising performance metric representing an instance where an ad is shown once ¹

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Definition of Impression

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Medical Definition of Impression

1. 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. The first step in making a model of your teeth. You bite into a container filled with algenate, and the algenate hardens to produce a mold of your teeth. 3. 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) 4. 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) Origin: F. Impression, L. Impressio. (27 Oct 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Impression

impressio cardiaca hepatis
impressio cardiaca pulmonis
impressio colica
impressio duodenalis
impressio gastrica
impressio ligamenti costoclavicularis
impressio oesophagea
impressio petrosa pallii
impressio renalis
impressio suprarenalis
impressio trigeminalis
impression (current term)
impression area
impression compound
impression for costoclavicular ligament
impression material
impressiones digitatae

Literary usage of Impression

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Treatise of Human Nature by David Hume (1874)
"distance' from each other'—should be an impression, while it is admitted that the same relation between' bodies' cannot be so? 251. To have plainly admitted ..."

2. The American Journal of Psychology by Granville Stanley Hall, Edward Bradford Titchener (1905)
"To observe the course of the comic impression. Material. ... To determine the constancy of the comic impression from day to day. Material. ..."

3. The Novels of Jane Austen by Jane Austen (1892)
"Fanny thought exactly the same ; and they were also quite agreed in their opinion of the lasting effect, the indelible impression, which such a ..."

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