impression

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French impression, from Latin impressio.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɪmˈpɹɛʃən/
  • Rhymes: -ɛʃən
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

impression (plural impressions)

  1. The indentation or depression made by the pressure of one object on or into another.
    His head made an impression on the pillow.
  2. The overall effect of something, e.g., on a person.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 1, in The Celebrity:
      The stories did not seem to me to touch life. […] They left me with the impression of a well-delivered stereopticon lecture, with characters about as life-like as the shadows on the screen, and whisking on and off, at the mercy of the operator.
    • 2008 June 1, A. Dirk Moses, “Preface”, in Empire, Colony, Genocide: Conquest, Occupation, and Subaltern Resistance in World History, Berghahn Books, →ISBN, page x:
      Though most of the cases here cover European encounters with non-Europeans, it is not the intention of the book to give the impression that genocide is a function of European colonialism and imperialism alone.
    What is your impression of Beatles' music?
    He tried to make a good impression on his parents.
  3. A vague recalling of an event, a belief.
    I have the impression that he's already left for Paris.
  4. An impersonation, an imitation of the mannerisms of another individual.
  5. An outward appearance.
  6. (advertising) An online advertising performance metric representing an instance where an ad. is shown once.
  7. (painting) The first coat of colour, such as the priming in house-painting etc.
  8. (engraving) A print on paper from a wood block, metal plate, etc.
  9. (philosophy) The vivid perception of something as it is experienced, in contrast to ideas or thoughts drawn from memory or the imagination.

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Verb[edit]

impression (third-person singular simple present impressions, present participle impressioning, simple past and past participle impressioned)

  1. To manipulate a blank key within a lock so as to mark it with impressions of the shape of the lock, which facilitates creation of a duplicate key.
    • 2007, Graham Pulford, High-Security Mechanical Locks: An Encyclopedic Reference (page 55)
      The trick in impressioning a key is to remove only a small amount of the blank, by filing or cutting, from the pin positions where impressions have been left.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin impressiō.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɛ̃.pʁɛ.sjɔ̃/, /ɛ̃.pʁe.sjɔ̃/
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

impression f (plural impressions)

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

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Descendants[edit]

  • Romanian: impresiune, impresie

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