Impression

Im*pres"sion

(?), n. [F. impression, L. impressio.] 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.
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2. That which is impressed; stamp; mark; indentation; sensible result of an influence exerted from without.
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The stamp and clear impression of good sense.
Cowper.
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To shelter us from impressions of weather, we must spin, we must weave, we must build.
Barrow.
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3. That which impresses, or exercises an effect, action, or agency; appearance; phenomenon. [Obs.]
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Portentous blaze of comets and impressions in the air.
Milton.
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A fiery impression falling from out of Heaven.
Holland.
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4. Influence or effect on the senses or the intellect hence, interest, concern. Reid.
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His words impression left.
Milton.
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Such terrible impression made the dream.
Shak.
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I have a father's dear impression,
And wish, before I fall into my grave,
That I might see her married.
Ford.
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5. An indistinct notion, remembrance, or belief.
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6. Impressiveness; emphasis of delivery.
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Which must be read with an impression.
Milton.
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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.
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Ten impressions which his books have had.
Dryden.
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8. In painting, the first coat of color, as the priming in house painting and the like. [R.]
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9. (Engraving) A print on paper from a wood block, metal plate, or the like.
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Proof impression, one of the early impressions taken from an engraving, before the plate or block is worn.
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