from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An effect, feeling, or image retained as a consequence of experience.
  • n. A vague notion, remembrance, or belief: I have the impression that we have met once before.
  • n. A mark produced on a surface by pressure.
  • n. The act or process of impressing.
  • n. Printing All the copies of a publication printed at one time from the same set of type.
  • n. Printing A single copy of such a printing.
  • n. A humorous imitation of the voice and mannerisms of a famous person done by an entertainer.
  • n. An initial or single coat of color or paint.
  • n. Dentistry 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The indentation or depression made by the pressure of one object on or into another.
  • n. The overall effect of something, e.g., on a person.
  • n. A vague recalling of an event, a belief
  • n. An impersonation, an imitation of the mannerisms of another individual
  • n. An outward appearance
  • n. An online advertising performance metric representing an instance where an ad is shown once

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.
  • n. That which is impressed; stamp; mark; indentation; sensible result of an influence exerted from without.
  • n. That which impresses, or exercises an effect, action, or agency; appearance; phenomenon.
  • n. Influence or effect on the senses or the intellect hence, interest, concern.
  • n. An indistinct notion, remembrance, or belief.
  • n. Impressiveness; emphasis of delivery.
  • n. The pressure of the type on the paper, or the result of such pressure, as regards its appearance; ; also, a single copy as the result of printing, or the whole edition printed at a given time.
  • n. In painting, the first coat of color, as the priming in house painting and the like.
  • n. A print on paper from a wood block, metal plate, or the like.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of impressing, imprinting, or stamping, or the state of being impressed or stamped.
  • n. That which is impressed, imprinted, or stamped; a mark made by or as if by pressure; a stamp; an impress.
  • n. Specifically In printing, a copy taken by pressure from type, or from an engraved or stereotyped plate or block, or from an assemblage of them.
  • n. The aggregate of copies of a printed work made at one time.
  • n. Animage; an appearance in the mind caused by something external to it.
  • n. The first and immediate effect upon the mind in outward or inward perception; sensation: as, the impressions made on the sense of touch.
  • n. Effect, especially strong effect, produced on the intellect, conscience, or feelings; the sensible result of an influence exerted from without.
  • n. A notion, remembrance, or belief, especially one that is somewhat indistinct or vague.
  • n. That which is impressed; a thing producing a mental image.
  • n. Impressing force or power.
  • n. In painting: The first coat, or ground color, laid on to receive the other colors.
  • n. A single coat or stratum of color laid upon a wall or wainscot of an apartment for ornament, or upon timber to preserve it from moisture, or upon metals to keep them from rusting.
  • n. In zoology, an impressed or sunken dot, short line, or small space on a surface.
  • n. Any method of psychological analysis which involves the presentation of stimuli to the observer and the recording of his introspective judgments.
  • n. More particularly, a method for the study of the affective processes, consisting in the presentation to the observer of a large number of stimuli, serially or in pairs, and in the recording of the affective judgments, absolute or relative, passed upon these presented stimuli: opposed, in this sense, to the method of expression.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. all the copies of a work printed at one time
  • n. a vague idea in which some confidence is placed
  • n. a clear and telling mental image
  • n. an impressionistic portrayal of a person
  • n. a symbol that is the result of printing or engraving
  • n. a concavity in a surface produced by pressing
  • n. an outward appearance
  • n. the act of pressing one thing on or into the surface of another
  • n. (dentistry) an imprint of the teeth and gums in wax or plaster


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French impression, from Latin impressio.


  • And Sextus reports that Arcesilaus also objected to Zeno's conception of belief as assent to an impression, on the ground that assent is a matter of reason or thinking, rather than the acceptance of a non-rational ˜impression™ (M. 7.154).


  • I think an occasional rest-day is as necessary to the tired brain as the photographer's dark room is to the development of the negative impression -- without it the brain would, indeed, record a "_negative impression_."

    The Idler Magazine, Volume III, March 1893 An Illustrated Monthly

  • – My main impression is that this story could work as an introspective drama (maybe something like a coming-of-age story), but it does not feel like it has much comedic potential.

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  • By the term impression, then, I mean all our more lively perceptions, when we hear, or see, or feel, or love, or hate, or desire, or will.

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  • I read the article and your impression is the one I got, too.

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  • Mr. Lofft's last says, 'Mr Dingle [3] has sold a hundred of the Tales, and sent for another hundred in doubt whether he shall get them before the impression is all sold off' — I am not sure that they sell so fast as that, but they sell quite fast enough.

    Letter 77

  • "So I think generally the impression is a better connection and a more sort of real vibrance going on."

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  • I am no fan of true believers or NRA fanatics in general ... my impression is they are far too simple to forge their own path … Lets take a candid look "BushyWacky" I really enjoyed your weak minded justifications for an out dated 2a and US LAW.

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  • All that is in the man in the larger sense, what we call impression as well as what we call intuition, so far as my argument looks, we must accept.

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  • "Each day, the impression is there's a little more depth than was originally thought."

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  • In publishing, 1) all the copies of a book printed at the same time, in a single printing, from the same type. 2) The act of printing itself, or the quality of it, especially of plates--as in "good, sharp impressions."

    February 25, 2008