Definitions of impression

  1. the act of pressing one thing on or into the surface of another; " he watched the impression of the seal on the hot wax"
  2. an impressionistic portrayal of a person; " he did a funny impression of a politician"
  3. ( dentistry) an imprint of the teeth and gums in wax or plaster; " the dentist made an impression for use in preparing an inlay"
  4. 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"
  5. all the copies of a work printed at one time; " they ran off an initial printing of 2000 copies"
  6. a symbol that is the result of printing; " he put his stamp on the envelope"
  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. 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.
  9. That which is impressed; stamp; mark; indentation; sensible result of an influence exerted from without.
  10. That which impresses, or exercises an effect, action, or agency; appearance; phenomenon.
  11. Influence or effect on the senses or the intellect hence, interest, concern.
  12. An indistinct notion, remembrance, or belief.
  13. Impressiveness; emphasis of delivery.
  14. 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.
  15. In painting, the first coat of color, as the priming in house painting and the like.
  16. A print on paper from a wood block, metal plate, or the like.
  17. The mark made by a stamp or mold; as, the impression on a coin; style or character formed by outside force or influence; the mark or stamp which is the result of outside force or influence; an image in the mind caused by something outside it; the immediate effect produced upon the mind by a sensation, passion, or emotion; an indistinct or vague notion, remembrance, or belief; a copy taken by pressure from type; number of copies printed at once; edition.
  18. The act of impressing: that which is produced by pressure: a single edition of a book: the effect of any object on the mind: idea: slight remembrance.
  19. The act of impressing; mark, print, etc., made by pressure; imprint; effect.
  20. A slight remembrance.
  21. The act of impressing; mark made by pressure; copy of an engraving, edition of a book, & c.; effect of an object on the sense or mind; indistinct remembrance; sensible effect.
  22. A mark; a copy; effects produced by external causes on the mind; idea; indistinct recollection; the total number printed at one time, as of a book; a single edition; a print from an engraved plate.
  23. An indentation mark resulting from contact of organs or pressure of one on another, as those on the surfaces of the liver, the rhomboid of the clavicle, the trigeminal of the temporal.