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.

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. Oliver Hudson:

    Look the impression is, of course, we are from famous parents – it's not an impression, it's a fact, but within the four walls, it was a very normal family. Because they came from where they came from – which was nothing – they understood that and wanted to instill those values.

  2. Aimo Leskela:

    We were of the impression that Microsoft would give its phone business a bit longer to see if it can grow.

  3. James Gunn:

    I'm learning the extent to which some people are just learning about some of the work I did as Rocket on the movie, which is not something that I really did for any kind of recognition, but people are starting to notice it and ask me questions about it, and I'm happy to answer what I can. It's been interesting how much it's made an impression on people.

  4. Robert Pattinson:

    I remember when I first started acting, sort of 16 or 17, I think a lot of actors have their James Dean phase where every audition, no matter what the part is, they come in and do a James Dean impression. I definitely had one of those.

  5. Reut Gruber:

    I think my message to parents is that it is a priority. It will make a huge difference in their children's lives and performance and mood and behavior, my experience, my impression, is that it's something that we still need to prioritize as parents just like what we do with other things we know are unhealthy for kids.

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