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English Dictionary: impression by the DICT Development Group
2 results for impression
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. 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"
    Synonym(s): impression, feeling, belief, notion, opinion
  2. 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"
    Synonym(s): impression, effect
  3. 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"
    Synonym(s): mental picture, picture, impression
  4. a concavity in a surface produced by pressing; "he left the impression of his fingers in the soft mud"
    Synonym(s): depression, impression, imprint
  5. a symbol that is the result of printing or engraving; "he put his stamp on the envelope"
    Synonym(s): stamp, impression
  6. all the copies of a work printed at one time; "they ran off an initial printing of 2000 copies"
    Synonym(s): impression, printing
  7. (dentistry) an imprint of the teeth and gums in wax or plaster; "the dentist took an impression for use in preparing an inlay"
  8. an impressionistic portrayal of a person; "he did a funny impression of a politician"
  9. the act of pressing one thing on or into the surface of another; "he watched the impression of the seal on the hot wax"
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Impression \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.
                     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.
      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.
      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.
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