[syn: impression, printing]
7. (dentistry) an imprint of the teeth and gums in wax or plaster;
- Example: "the dentist took an impression for use in preparing an inlay"
8. an impressionistic portrayal of a person;
- Example: "he did a funny impression of a politician"
9. the act of pressing one thing on or into the surface of another;
- Example: "he watched the impression of the seal on the hot wax"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Impression \Im*pres"sion\, n. [F. impression, L. impressio.]
1. 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. That which is impressed; stamp; mark; indentation;
sensible result of an influence exerted from without.
The stamp and clear impression of good sense.
To shelter us from impressions of weather, we must
spin, we must weave, we must build. --Barrow.
3. That which impresses, or exercises an effect, action, or
agency; appearance; phenomenon. [Obs.]
Portentous blaze of comets and impressions in the
A fiery impression falling from out of Heaven.
4. Influence or effect on the senses or the intellect hence,
interest, concern. --Reid.
His words impression left. --Milton.
Such terrible impression made the dream. --Shak.
I have a father's dear impression,
And wish, before I fall into my grave,
That I might see her married. --Ford.
5. An indistinct notion, remembrance, or belief.
6. Impressiveness; emphasis of delivery.
Which must be read with an impression. --Milton.
7. (Print.) 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; as, a copy from the fifth
Ten impressions which his books have had. --Dryden.
8. In painting, the first coat of color, as the priming in
house painting and the like. [R.]
9. (Engraving) A print on paper from a wood block, metal
plate, or the like.
Proof impression, one of the early impressions taken from
an engraving, before the plate or block is worn.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: 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" [syn:
impression, feeling, belief, notion, opinion]
2: 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" [syn:
3: 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" [syn: mental picture, picture,
4: a concavity in a surface produced by pressing; "he left the
impression of his fingers in the soft mud" [syn:
depression, impression, imprint]
5: a symbol that is the result of printing or engraving; "he put
his stamp on the envelope" [syn: stamp, impression]
6: all the copies of a work printed at one time; "they ran off
an initial printing of 2000 copies" [syn: impression,
7: (dentistry) an imprint of the teeth and gums in wax or
plaster; "the dentist took an impression for use in preparing
8: an impressionistic portrayal of a person; "he did a funny
impression of a politician"
9: the act of pressing one thing on or into the surface of
another; "he watched the impression of the seal on the hot
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
403 Moby Thesaurus words for "impression":
Ditto copy, Photostat, Platonic form, Platonic idea, Xerox,
Xerox copy, absorption and regurgitation, aesthetic form, affect,
affection, alveolation, alveolus, angle, apprehension, aquatint,
archetype, aroma, art form, aspect, assumption, attitude,
attribute, autolithograph, awareness, back number, backlash,
backwash, badge, bare suggestion, belief, block, block print, boss,
brainwashing, brand, build, bump, cachet, cameo, cast, catalog,
cataloging, catechization, character, character sketch,
characteristic, characterization, chromolithograph,
climate of opinion, clout, collection, colophon, color print,
common belief, community sentiment, concavity, conceit, concept,
conception, conclusion, conditioning, configuration, conformation,
consciousness, consensus gentium, consideration, contact print,
convexity, copperplate, copperplate print, copy, copying,
counterfeiting, crayon engraving, cut, dactylogram, dactylograph,
delineation, dent, depiction, depression, description, details,
dictation, differentia, differential, dimple, dint,
distinctive feature, earmark, edition, effect, eidolon, embossment,
emotion, emotional charge, emotional shade, emulation, engravement,
engraving, enlargement, estimate, estimation, etching, ethos,
evocation, excrescence, experience, eye, facet, fakery, fancy,
fashion, feature, feeling, feeling tone, figuration, figure,
fingerprint, flavor, following, footmark, footprint, footstep,
force, foreboding, forefeeling, forgery, form, format, formation,
fossil footprint, frame, funny feeling, furrow, general belief,
genre, gestalt, gouge, graphic account, graphotype, guise, gust,
gut reaction, half an idea, hallmark, hazy idea, heartthrob,
hectograph copy, hint, hit-off, hollow, hollowness, honeycomb,
hunch, ichnite, ichnolite, idea, idiocrasy, idiosyncrasy, image,
imagery, imago, imbuement, imitation, impact, impersonation,
implantation, imposture, impregnation, impress, impressible,
impressionable, imprint, inculcation, incurvation, incurvature,
incurvity, indent, indentation, indention, indenture, index,
individualism, indoctrination, infixation, infixion, influence,
influenceable, infusion, inkling, inner form, inoculation,
instillation, instillment, intellection, intellectual object,
intimation, intuition, intuitive impression, issue, itemization,
judgment, keynote, layout, letterpress, library, library edition,
light, lights, likeness, limning, lineaments, linoleum-block print,
lithograph, look, lump, mackle, make, makeup, manner, mannerism,
mark, marking, matrix, memory-trace, mental image,
mental impression, mere notion, mezzotint, mimeograph copy,
mimesis, mind, mirroring, modality, mode, model, mold, mystique,
nature, negative, notch, notion, number, observation, odor, offcut,
offprint, offset, onomatopoeia, opinion, pad, parody,
particularity, particularization, passion, pattern, paw print,
pawmark, peculiarity, perception, personal judgment, phase, phasis,
photocopy, photograph, photostatic copy, picture, pimple, pit,
plagiarism, plagiary, pock, pockmark, point of view,
popular belief, portrait, portraiture, portrayal, position,
positive, posture, preapprehension, premonition, presentiment,
presumption, prevailing belief, print, printing, profile,
profound sense, proof, property, prototype, public belief,
public opinion, pug, pugmark, quality, quirk, reaction, recept,
recoil, reference, reflection, reflex, regard, reindoctrination,
reissue, rendering, rendition, repercussion, repetition,
representation, reprint, reprinting, respect, response, responsive,
rubber-block print, run, satire, savor, school edition, seal,
seeming, semblance, sensation, sense, sensible, sensile, sensitive,
sentiment, series, set, setoff, shape, side, sight, sigil, sign,
signet, significant form, simulacrum, simulation, singularity,
sketch, slant, smack, sneaking suspicion, specialty, specification,
stamp, stance, stat, step, structure, stud, style, suggestion,
sunken part, supposition, susceptible, susceptive, suspicion,
taint, take-off, takeoff, tang, taste, theory, thinking, thought,
thumbmark, thumbprint, token, total effect, trace, track,
trade book, trade edition, trait, trick, turn, twist, type,
undercurrent, vague feeling, vague idea, vestige, view, viewpoint,
vignette, vivid description, volume, way of thinking, wise,
wood engraving, woodblock, woodcut, woodprint, word painting,