- a strong effect produced on the intellect, feelings, conscience, etc.
- the first and immediate effect of an experience or perception upon the mind; sensation.
- the effect produced by an agency or influence.
- a notion, remembrance, belief, etc., often of a vague or indistinct nature: He had a general impression of lights, voices, and the clinking of silver.
- a mark, indentation, figure, etc., produced by pressure.
- an image in the mind caused by something external to it.
- the act of impressing; state of being impressed.
- Dentistry. a mold taken, in plastic materials or plaster of Paris, of teeth and the surrounding tissues.
- an imitation of the voice, mannerisms, and other traits of a person, especially a famous person, as by an entertainer: The comedian did a hilarious impression of the president.
- Chiefly Printing.
- the process or result of printing from type, plates, etc.
- a printed copy from type, a plate, an engraved block, etc.
- one of a number of printings made at different times from the same set of type, without alteration (distinguished from edition).
- the total number of copies of a book, pamphlet, etc., printed at one time from one setting of type or from one set of plates.
- Metalworking. a portion of a die having in reverse the intended form of an object to be forged.
- an effect produced in the mind by a stimulus; sensationhe gave the impression of wanting to help
- an imprint or mark produced by pressinghe left the impression of his finger in the mud
- a vague idea, consciousness, or beliefI had the impression we had met before
- a strong, favourable, or remarkable effecthe made an impression on the managers
- the act of impressing or the state of being impressed
- the act, process, or result of printing from type, plates, etc
- one of a number of printings of a publication printed from the same setting of type with no or few alterationsCompare edition (def. 2)
- the total number of copies of a publication printed at one time
- dentistry an imprint of the teeth and gums, esp in wax or plaster, for use in preparing crowns, inlays, or dentures
- an imitation or impersonationhe did a funny impression of the politician
late 14c., “mark produced by pressure,” also “image produced in the mind or emotions,” from Old French impression “print, stamp; a pressing on the mind,” from Latin impressionem (nominative impressio) “onset, attack,” figuratively “perception,” literally “a pressing into,” from imprimere (see impress). Meaning “act or process of indenting” is early 15c.; that of “printing of a number of copies” is from 1570s. Meaning “belief, vague notion” (as in under the impression) is from 1610s.
- An effect, a feeling, or an image retained as a consequence of experience.
- A mark or indentation made by the pressure of one organ on the surface of another.
- An imprint of the teeth and surrounding tissues, formed with a plastic material that hardens into a mold for use in making dentures, inlays, or plastic models.
see make an impression under the impression.