What does impression mean?

Definitions for impression
ɪmˈprɛʃ ənim·pres·sion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. impression, feeling, belief, notion, opinionnoun

    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"

  2. impression, effectnoun

    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"

  3. mental picture, picture, impressionnoun

    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"

  4. depression, impression, imprintnoun

    a concavity in a surface produced by pressing

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

  5. stamp, impressionnoun

    a symbol that is the result of printing or engraving

    "he put his stamp on the envelope"

  6. impression, printingnoun

    all the copies of a work printed at one time

    "they ran off an initial printing of 2000 copies"

  7. impressionnoun

    (dentistry) an imprint of the teeth and gums in wax or plaster

    "the dentist took an impression for use in preparing an inlay"

  8. impressionnoun

    an impressionistic portrayal of a person

    "he did a funny impression of a politician"

  9. impressionnoun

    the act of pressing one thing on or into the surface of another

    "he watched the impression of the seal on the hot wax"


  1. impressionnoun

    The indentation or depression made by the pressure of one object on or into another.

    His head made an impression on the pillow.

  2. impressionnoun

    The overall effect of something, e.g., on a person.

    What is your impression of Beatles' music?

  3. impressionnoun

    A vague recalling of an event, a belief

    I have the impression that he's already left for Paris.

  4. impressionnoun

    An impersonation, an imitation of the mannerisms of another individual

  5. impressionnoun

    An outward appearance

  6. impressionnoun

    An online advertising performance metric representing an instance where an ad is shown once

  7. Etymology: From impression, from impressio.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Impressionnoun

    Etymology: impressio, Latin; impression, Fr.

    Sensation is such an impression or motion, made in some part of the body, as produces some perception in the understanding. John Locke.

    Like to a chaos, or unlick'd bear-whelp,
    That carries no impression like the dam. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.

    Were the offices of religion stript of all the external decencies, they would not make a due impression on the mind. Francis Atterbury.

    The false representations of the kingdom's enemies had made some impression in the mind of the successor. Jonathan Swift.

    The king had made him high sheriff of Sussex, that he might the better make impression upon that county. Edward Hyde.

    We lie open to the impressions of flattery, which we admit without scruple, because we think we deserve it. Francis Atterbury.

    Universal gravitation is above all mechanism, and proceeds from a divine energy and impression. Richard Bentley, Sermons.

    There is a real knowledge of material things, when the thing itself, and the real action and impression thereof on our senses, is perceived. George Cheyne, Phil. Princ.

    To be distracted with many opinions, makes men to be of the last impression, and full of change. Francis Bacon.

    For ten impressions, which his works have had in so many years, at present a hundred books are scarcely purchased once a twelvemonth. Dryden.

    Such a defeat of near two hundred horse, seconded with two thousand foot, may surely endure a comparison with any of the bravest impressions in ancient times. Henry Wotton.


  1. impression

    Impression is a perception, feeling, or image about something or someone, usually formed based on experience or encounter. It can also refer to the impact or influence that something or someone has on another's thoughts or feelings. It can also denote an imprint or mark made by pressing something onto a surface.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Impressionnoun

    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. Impressionnoun

    that which is impressed; stamp; mark; indentation; sensible result of an influence exerted from without

  3. Impressionnoun

    that which impresses, or exercises an effect, action, or agency; appearance; phenomenon

  4. Impressionnoun

    influence or effect on the senses or the intellect hence, interest, concern

  5. Impressionnoun

    an indistinct notion, remembrance, or belief

  6. Impressionnoun

    impressiveness; emphasis of delivery

  7. Impressionnoun

    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

  8. Impressionnoun

    in painting, the first coat of color, as the priming in house painting and the like

  9. Impressionnoun

    a print on paper from a wood block, metal plate, or the like

  10. Etymology: [F. impression, L. impressio.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. impression

    The effect produced upon any ship, place, or body of troops, by a hostile attack.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. impression

    The effect of an attack upon any place or body of soldiers.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'impression' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2504

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'impression' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2212

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'impression' in Nouns Frequency: #929

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of impression in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of impression in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of impression in a Sentence

  1. Mitch McConnell:

    I don't believe Vladimir Putin would have a couple of hundred thousand troops on the border with Ukraine had we not precipitously withdrawn from Afghanistan last August, the impression we have left, first with the abandonment of Afghanistan, is that America is not interested in playing as large a leadership role as we used to.

  2. Kim Jong:

    My impression was that North Korea and the United States would carry out dialogue soon, and it would go well.

  3. Abby Kohut:

    If the inside of your car is messy, they won’t hire you, it gives a bad impression.

  4. Jerzy van Uytrecht:

    Graphic expression is the artist's impression...

  5. Kelly Bogdanov:

    Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen really struck a tone between dovish and hawkish, and I think delivered, for the most part, what the market needed. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen was dovish enough to signal that a March rate hike is probably off the table but hawkish enough to leave the impression Federal Reserve is confident the economic recovery will persist, that's very important for stocks because as long as we can avoid a recession, this correction will probably work itself out and we'll have the opportunity to bounce back.

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