Impression

Definition of Impression

Im`pres´sion
n.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.
- Cowper.
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.
Portentous blaze of comets and impressions in the air.
- Milton.
A fiery impression falling from out of Heaven.
- Holland.
4.Influence or effect on the senses or the intellect hence, interest, concern.
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 impression.
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.
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.

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