Definitions for imprintˈɪm prɪnt; ɪmˈprɪnt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

im•printˈɪm prɪnt; ɪmˈprɪnt(n.; v.)

  1. a mark or indentation impressed on something.

  2. any impression or impressed effect.

  3. the designation under which a publisher issues a given list of titles. a designation by which the books of a publisher are identified.

    Category: Library Science

  4. (v.t.)to mark by or as if by pressure.

  5. to produce (a mark) on something by pressure.

  6. to fix firmly on the mind.

  7. to acquire or establish by imprinting:

    to imprint behavior.

    Category: Animal Behavior

  8. (v.i.)to experience imprinting.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Origin of imprint:

1325–75; ME empreynten < MF empreindre < L imprimere to impress1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. imprint(noun)

    a distinctive influence

    "English stills bears the imprint of the Norman invasion"

  2. depression, impression, imprint(noun)

    a concavity in a surface produced by pressing

    "he left the impression of his fingers in the soft mud"

  3. imprint(noun)

    an identification of a publisher; a publisher's name along with the date and address and edition that is printed at the bottom of the title page

    "the book was published under a distinguished imprint"

  4. imprint, embossment(noun)

    an impression produced by pressure or printing

  5. imprint(verb)

    a device produced by pressure on a surface

  6. imprint, form(verb)

    establish or impress firmly in the mind

    "We imprint our ideas onto our children"

  7. impress, imprint(verb)

    mark or stamp with or as if with pressure

    "To make a batik, you impress a design with wax"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Imprint(verb)

    to impress; to mark by pressure; to indent; to stamp

  2. Imprint(verb)

    to stamp or mark, as letters on paper, by means of type, plates, stamps, or the like; to print the mark (figures, letters, etc., upon something)

  3. Imprint(verb)

    to fix indelibly or permanently, as in the mind or memory; to impress

  4. Imprint(verb)

    whatever is impressed or imprinted; the impress or mark left by something; specifically, the name of the printer or publisher (usually) with the time and place of issue, in the title-page of a book, or on any printed sheet


  1. Imprint

    In the publishing industry, an imprint can mean several different things: ⁕A piece of bibliographic information about a book, it refers to the name and address of the book's publisher and its date of publication as given at the foot or on the verso of its title page. ⁕It can mean a trade name under which a work is published. One single publishing company may have multiple imprints; the different imprints are used by the publisher to market works to different demographic consumer segments. In some cases, the diversity results from the takeover of smaller publishers by a larger company. This usage of the word has evolved from the first meaning given above. ⁕It can also refer to a finer distinction of a book's version than "edition". This is used to distinguish, for example different printings, or printing runs of the same edition, or to distinguish the same edition produced by a different publisher or printer. With the creation of the "ISBN" identification system, which is assigned to a text prior to its printing, a different imprint has effectively come to mean a text with a different ISBN—if one had been assigned to it. ⁕Under the UK Printer's Imprint Act 1961, which amended the earlier Newspapers, Printers, and Reading Rooms Repeal Act 1869, any printer must put their name and address on the first or last leaf of every paper or book they print or face a penalty of up to £50 per copy. In addition, under the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000, any election material - including websites - must show the name of the promoter of the material and the name and address of the person on whose behalf it is being published.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. imprint

    Brief note in the margin of a map giving all or some of the following: date of publication, printing, name of publisher, printer, place of publication, number of copies printed, and related information.

Translations for imprint

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a mark made by pressure

She saw the imprint of a foot in the sand.

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