impression

Definitions

  • Ink impressions of leaves
    Ink impressions of leaves
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n impression the act of pressing one thing on or into the surface of another "he watched the impression of the seal on the hot wax"
    • n impression an impressionistic portrayal of a person "he did a funny impression of a politician"
    • n impression (dentistry) an imprint of the teeth and gums in wax or plaster "the dentist took an impression for use in preparing an inlay"
    • n impression 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"
    • n impression 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"
    • n impression 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"
    • n impression all the copies of a work printed at one time "they ran off an initial printing of 2000 copies"
    • n impression a symbol that is the result of printing or engraving "he put his stamp on the envelope"
    • n impression a concavity in a surface produced by pressing "he left the impression of his fingers in the soft mud"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Ink impressions of leaves: White oak. Linden Ink impressions of leaves: White oak. Linden
Skin impression from the tail of a Trachodon Skin impression from the tail of a Trachodon

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Gerald Ford was the only President to have two women attempt to assassinate him. Both attempts were in California in September of 1975. The first attempt was September 6, 1975, by Lynette Fromme who thought she could impress Charles Manson by killing the President. The next attempt was by Sara Jane Moore on September 22, 1975. Her motive was simply that she was bored. John Tyler, joined the Confederacy twenty years later and became the only President named a sworn enemy of the United States.
    • Impression (Engraving) A print on paper from a wood block, metal plate, or the like.
    • Impression An indistinct notion, remembrance, or belief.
    • Impression Impressiveness; emphasis of delivery. "Which must be read with an impression ."
    • Impression In painting, the first coat of color, as the priming in house painting and the like.
    • Impression Influence or effect on the senses or the intellect hence, interest, concern. "His words impression left.""Such terrible impression made the dream.""I have a father's dear impression ,
      And wish, before I fall into my grave,
      That I might see her married."
    • Impression That which impresses, or exercises an effect, action, or agency; appearance; phenomenon. "Portentous blaze of comets and impressions in the air.""A fiery impression falling from out of Heaven."
    • Impression 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."
    • Impression 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.
    • Impression (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 impression . "Ten impressions which his books have had."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Napoleon took 14,000 French decrees and simplified them into a unified set of 7 laws. This was the first time in modern history that a nation's laws applied equally to all citizens. Napoleon's 7 laws are so impressive that by 1960 more than 70 governments had patterned their own laws after them or used them verbatim.
    • n impression The act of impressing, imprinting, or stamping, or the state of being impressed or stamped.
    • n impression That which is impressed, imprinted, or stamped; a mark made by or as if by pressure; a stamp; an impress.
    • n impression Specifically In printing, a copy taken by pressure from type, or from an engraved or stereotyped plate or block, or from an assemblage of them.
    • n impression The aggregate of copies of a printed work made at one time.
    • n impression Animage; an appearance in the mind caused by something external to it.
    • n impression The first and immediate effect upon the mind in outward or inward perception; sensation: as, the impressions made on the sense of touch.
    • n impression Effect, especially strong effect, produced on the intellect, conscience, or feelings; the sensible result of an influence exerted from without.
    • n impression A notion, remembrance, or belief, especially one that is somewhat indistinct or vague.
    • n impression That which is impressed; a thing producing a mental image.
    • n impression Impressing force or power.
    • n impression In painting: The first coat, or ground color, laid on to receive the other colors.
    • n impression A single coat or stratum of color laid upon a wall or wainscot of an apartment for ornament, or upon timber to preserve it from moisture, or upon metals to keep them from rusting.
    • n impression In zoology, an impressed or sunken dot, short line, or small space on a surface.
    • n impression Any method of psychological analysis which involves the presentation of stimuli to the observer and the recording of his introspective judgments.
    • n impression More particularly, a method for the study of the affective processes, consisting in the presentation to the observer of a large number of stimuli, serially or in pairs, and in the recording of the affective judgments, absolute or relative, passed upon these presented stimuli: opposed, in this sense, to the method of expression.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The original title of Jane Austen's novel Pride and Prejudice was First Impression
    • ns Impression the act or result of impressing: a single edition of a book: the effect of any object on the mind: idea: slight remembrance
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Quotations

  • Russell C. Taylor
    Russell C. Taylor
    “I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.”
  • Florence Scovel Shinn
    Florence Scovel Shinn
    “We cannot always control our thoughts, but we can control our words, and repetition impresses the subconscious, and we are then master of the situation.”
  • Dale Carnegie
    Dale%20Carnegie
    “Naturalness is the easiest thing in the world to acquire, if you will forget yourself-forget about the impression you are trying to make.”
  • Edmond and Jules De Goncourt
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    “As a general truth, it is safe to say that any picture that produces a moral impression is a bad picture.”
  • Michael Douglas
    Michael Douglas
    “I'm impressed with the people from Chicago. Hollywood is hype, New York is talk, Chicago is work.”
  • Olga Korbut
    Olga Korbut
    “Don't be afraid if things seem difficult in the beginning. That's only the initial impression. The important thing is not to retreat; you have to master yourself.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. impression, L. impressio,

Usage

In literature:

Thus I had come to know what war was, and death by violence was among the first deep impressions made on my mind.
"The Life and Letters of Walter H. Page, Volume I" by Burton J. Hendrick
The impression of the Devil eating human beings, within the lake of fire, is a good bold one.
"A Bibliographical, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in France and Germany, Volume Two" by Thomas Frognall Dibdin
To be exposed to impressions of this sort for only an hour and a half is enough gradually to reduce a traveller's nerves to a state of torture.
"Atlantis" by Gerhart Hauptmann
Emphasis is giving prominence to a word or phrase so that its importance is impressed upon a listener.
"Public Speaking" by Clarence Stratton
As far as I can trust to my memory, the impressions of the cuts in this copy are sharper and clearer than any which I have seen.
"A Bibliographical, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in France and Germany, Volume Three" by Thomas Frognall Dibdin
She had made upon him a powerful impression.
"Bella Donna" by Robert Hichens
Schofield, W. H. Personal impressions of Bjornson and Henrik Ibsen.
"Henrik Ibsen" by Ina Ten Eyck Firkins
But this impression, if impression it were, was of short duration.
"The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow" by Anna Katharine Green
No pains were taken to impress his mind with the maxims of truth and piety.
"Mrs Whittelsey's Magazine for Mothers and Daughters" by Various
Another thing worth noting with respect to this process of filling up a sense-impression is that it draws on past sensations of the eye itself.
"Illusions" by James Sully
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In poetry:

I LIKE, at times, to hear the steeples' chimes
With sober thoughts impressively that mingle;
But sometimes, too, I rather like--don't you?--
To hear the music of the sleigh bells' jingle.
"How To Not Settle It" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
But no, on the white brow,
Graved in its marble, was deep calm impressed,
Saying that peace had come to her through woe;
Saying, she had found rest
At last, and I, I must not love her now.
"Motives" by Marietta Holley
But though impressions calm and sweet
Thrill round my heart a holy heat,
And I am inly glad;
The tear-drop stands in either eye,
And yet I cannot tell thee why,
I'm pleased, and yet I'm sad.
"I'm Pleased and Yet I'm Sad" by Henry Kirke White
The impress which it left upon thy brain
But seek thee, child, grief’s ravaging to stay?
Thy tears might fall as falls the show’ring rain,
They could not wash the heart’s deep scars away.
"To Revenita" by Madge Morris Wagner
Know the minutest grain of sand,
The smallest drop of sparkling dew,
Bear impress of the Almighty hand
As much as suns and systems do;
For all proclaim and all record
The all-potent, omnipresent Lord.
"God Everywhere" by John Bowring
Only, life grows more beautiful
While she walks with us unafraid,
Interpreting with saintly speech
The heaven in which her soul hath stayed;
Impressing still its finer sense
Upon our dull intelligence.
"My Dearest" by Anna Johnston MacManus

In news:

Spurs guard Manu Ginobili came away impressed after his first game this season against Oklahoma City's "Big Three".
Debby Wong/US Presswire Giants tight end Adrien Robinson is a "raw" prospect, according to offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride, but he impressed with his speed on the first day of rookie camp.
ST LOUIS (AP) — Isaiah Pead is working hard to make a strong second impression.
Those who weren't around aren't impressed.
Parents of t- baller impressed with league Vashon Letters to the Editor.
Ballroom dance has become popular with the hit show Dancing With the Stars and now is your chance to strut your own stuff and impress your friends with moves that will leave them green with envy.
Bank of England 's Paul Tucker: Bob Diamond's Email Gives The Wrong Impression.
I wasn't much impressed by nuevo tapas bar Barca 18 when it opened late last year, but I sure loved the tortilla.
Oh, I wish I could impress others as you and the waves have just been impressing me.
This artist's impression shows the surface of the distant dwarf planet Makemake.
Bastion 's Native Client incarnation is also the first major release to leverage this code-in-browser technology with a high profile game, and it remains an impressive feat.
The Provine High School Rams may not have the type of record that is overly impressive, but they have a running game that does.
She says the bleak economic data hide some impressive successes.
ST PETERSBURG, Fla. Paul Konerko is known more for his bat than his speed, which makes his remarkable hitting prowess even more impressive.
Cortes has compiled an impressive list of accomplishments in his volunteer and leadership service to his fellow citizens.
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In science:

Light cone diagram for a rotating reference frame . – In order to give a first impression of the propagation of light within a rotating reference frame, we present a light cone diagram which is the collection of the “infinitesimal” light cones attached to every point P in spacetime.
Rotation in relativity and the propagation of light
The first scenario gives an impression, how the curvature of spacetime in G¨odel’s Universe affects the visual appearance of ob jects for an observer.
Rotation in relativity and the propagation of light
Contrary to the impression you might have gotten in high school, mathematical procedures are deterministic, not random.
Random Number Generators: A Survival Guide for Large Scale Simulations
Of course, this is quite an impressive amount of work, therefore, the search of a simplified model is a compulsory step.
The Fractal Structure of Matter and the Casimir Effect
In a significant step forward Givens and Kostinski derived, based on an impressive analysis of the spectrum of GM T GM , what appeared to be a necessary and sufficient condition for M to map Ω(pol) into itself.
Non-quantum entanglement and a complete characterization of pre-Mueller and Mueller matrices in polarization optics
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