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Dictionary definition for: Impression

1. (n) 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"

2. (n) 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"

3. (n) 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"

4. (n) a concavity in a surface produced by pressing; "he left the impression of his fingers in the soft mud"

5. (n) a symbol that is the result of printing; "he put his stamp on the envelope"

6. (n) all the copies of a work printed at one time; "they ran off an initial printing of 2000 copies"

7. (n) (dentistry) an imprint of the teeth and gums in wax or plaster; "the dentist took an impression for use in preparing an inlay"

8. (n) an impressionistic portrayal of a person; "he did a funny impression of a politician"

9. (n) the act of pressing one thing on or into the surface of another; "he watched the impression of the seal on the hot wax"

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