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English noun: impression

1. impression (cognition) a vague idea in which some confidence is placed

SamplesHis 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.

Synonymsbelief, feeling, notion, opinion

Broader (hypernym)idea, thought

Narrower (hyponym)effect, first blush, hunch, intuition, presence, suspicion

2. impression (attribute) an outward appearance

SamplesHe made a good impression.
I wanted to create an impression of success.
She retained that bold effect in her reproductions of the original painting.


Broader (hypernym)appearance, visual aspect

Narrower (hyponym)figure, image, mark, tout ensemble

3. impression (cognition) a clear and telling mental image

SamplesHe 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.

Synonymsmental picture, picture

Broader (hypernym)image, mental image

4. impression (shape) a concavity in a surface produced by pressing

SamplesHe left the impression of his fingers in the soft mud.

Synonymsdepression, imprint

Broader (hypernym)concave shape, concavity, incurvation, incurvature

Narrower (hyponym)channel, chap, crack, cranny, crease, crevice, crinkle, dent, dimple, dimple, dip, droop, fissure, furrow, groove, incision, line, prick, sag, scratch, seam, slit, wrinkle

5. impression (communication) a symbol that is the result of printing or engraving

SamplesHe put his stamp on the envelope.


Broader (hypernym)symbol

Narrower (hyponym)embossment, imprint, seal

6. impression (communication) all the copies of a work printed at one time

SamplesThey ran off an initial printing of 2000 copies.


Broader (hypernym)publication

Narrower (hyponym)edition, mackle, proof, test copy, trial impression

Domain categoryprinting, printing process

7. impression (artifact) (dentistry) an imprint of the teeth and gums in wax or plaster

SamplesThe dentist took an impression for use in preparing an inlay.

Broader (hypernym)imprint

Domain categorydental medicine, dentistry, odontology

8. impression (act) an impressionistic portrayal of a person

SamplesHe did a funny impression of a politician.

Broader (hypernym)characterization, enactment, personation, portrayal

9. impression (act) the act of pressing one thing on or into the surface of another

SamplesHe watched the impression of the seal on the hot wax.

Broader (hypernym)press, pressing, pressure

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