American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A rapid learning process by which a newborn or very young animal establishes a behavior pattern of recognition and attraction to another animal of its own kind or to a substitute or an object identified as the parent.
- n. psychology, ethology Any kind of phase-sensitive learning (learning occurring at a particular age or a particular life stage) that is rapid and apparently independent of the consequences of behavior.
- v. present participle of imprint.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Ethology, Psychology) The learning of a behavioral pattern that occurs soon after birth or hatching in certain animals, in which a long-lasting response to an individual (such as a parent) or an object is rapidly acquired; it is particularly noted in the response of certain birds to the animal they first see after hatching, usually the parent, as in ducks who will follow the adult duck they first see.
- n. a learning process in early life whereby species specific patterns of behavior are established
“Our culture, its social imprinting, is so strong as to be almost indelible.”
“I think the whole ick factor with the imprinting is that although nothing is going on now, Jacob is still thinking long term and looking at Reneesme as his future wife.”
“Speaking of Neons, Chrysler has succeeding in imprinting that "Born to be Alive" song into my brain, but why are they pretending the "Dodge SX 2.0" is something other than a Neon with a different grille?”
“They suspected that the explanation may lie partly in a phenomenon called "imprinting" - differing activity of genes due to chemical modifications depending on whether they are inherited from the mother or the father.”
“Clive and Elsa are massively proud of the new male and female they have in their tank, whom they are now encouraging to perform a mating ritual-dance known as imprinting and whom they whimsically name Fred and Ginger.”
“Taj, now, he might call it imprinting, that something.”
“Imprinting IS sexual no matter what aka imprinting is sexist and pedophilic”
“Then, the thing with Jacob and Bella's daughter, it's called imprinting and it has different meanings in the book.”
“Jainey had read about something called imprinting in her biology class—the baby animal learning behavior from its mother or mother substitute—and birds, according to her textbook, sometimes imprinted with humans.”
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