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impression

Noun

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: 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: effect]
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, imprint]
5 a symbol that is the result of printing; "he put his stamp on the envelope" [syn: stamp]
6 all the copies of a work printed at one time; "they ran off an initial printing of 2000 copies" [syn: printing]
7 (dentistry) an imprint of the teeth and gums in wax or plaster; "the dentist took an impression for use in preparing an inlay"
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 wax"

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. The overall effect of something.
  2. The indentation or depression made by the pressure of one object on another.
  3. An impersonation.
  4. an outward appearance
  5. an online advertising performance metric representing an instance where an ad is shown once

Related terms

Translations

overall effect of something
  • Czech: dojem
  • Finnish: vaikutus
  • Slovene: vtis
indentation or depression made by the pressure
  • Finnish: painauma
  • Slovene: odtis
impersonation
outward appearance
metric representing an instance where an ad is shown once

French

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /ɛ̃.pʁe.sjɔ̃/
  • SAMPA: /E~.pRe.sjO~/

Noun

impression f
  1. impression, the overall effect of something.
  2. the indentation or depression made by the pressure of one object on another.
  3. print, print-out

Extensive Definition

Impression can mean:
  • In eastern philosophy, Meher Baba uses the word "impression" as the best English approximation of the Sanskrit Sanskara in his essays in Discourses.
  • Impression is an advertising term referring to an instance where an advertisement is viewed. This applies particularly to online advertising. A single user often gets several impressions as he browses through the website.
  • The Impressions, a 1960s/1970s American soul musical act from Chicago, Illinois led by Curtis Mayfield and Jerry Butler
  • As entertainment, an impression is performed to mimic a well-known personality, using gestures, tone, or rhythm; such a performer who engages in this type of entertainer is an impressionist (entertainment).
impression in German: Impression
impression in French: Impression

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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