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Meaning of impression

im•pres•sion

Pronunciation: (im-presh'un), [key]
— n.
  1. a strong effect produced on the intellect, feelings, conscience, etc.
  2. the first and immediate effect of an experience or perception upon the mind; sensation.
  3. the effect produced by an agency or influence.
  4. a notion, remembrance, belief, etc., often of a vague or indistinct nature: He had a general impression of lights, voices, and the clinking of silver.
  5. a mark, indentation, figure, etc., produced by pressure.
  6. an image in the mind caused by something external to it.
  7. the act of impressing; state of being impressed.
  8. a mold taken, in plastic materials or plaster of Paris, of teeth and the surrounding tissues.
  9. an imitation of the voice, mannerisms, and other traits of a person, esp. a famous person, as by an entertainer: The comedian did a hilarious impression of the president.
    1. the process or result of printing from type, plates, etc.
    2. a printed copy from type, a plate, an engraved block, etc.
    3. one of a number of printings made at different times from the same set of type, without alteration (distinguished from edition).
    4. the total number of copies of a book, pamphlet, etc., printed at one time from one setting of type or from one set of plates.
  10. a portion of a die having in reverse the intended form of an object to be forged.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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