especially: an instance in which a specific element (such as an advertisement) is displayed on a web page accessed by a user
Although many consumers have never heard of ad tech firms, people's online activity is influenced every day by these companies as they battle for a share of ad impressions on phones, tablets, and laptops. Claire Ballentine
: the amount of pressure with which an inked printing surface deposits its ink on the paper
: one instance of the meeting of a printing surface and the material being printed
also: a single print or copy so made
: all the copies (as of a book) printed in one continuous operation from a single makeready
idea may apply to a mental image or formulation of something seen or known or imagined, to a pure abstraction, or to something assumed or vaguely sensed.
my idea of paradise
concept may apply to the idea formed by consideration of instances of a species or genus or, more broadly, to any idea of what a thing ought to be.
a society with no concept of private property
conception is often interchangeable with concept; it may stress the process of imagining or formulating rather than the result.
our changing conception of what constitutes art
thought is likely to suggest the result of reflecting, reasoning, or meditating rather than of imagining.
commit your thoughts to paper
notion suggests an idea not much resolved by analysis or reflection and may suggest the capricious or accidental.
you have the oddest notions
impression applies to an idea or notion resulting immediately from some stimulation of the senses.
the first impression is of soaring height
The candidate made a favorable impression.
My first impression of him was that he was a kind and thoughtful young man.
First impressions are important but can be misleading.
In her journal, she recorded her impressions of the city.
Her kindness left a lasting impression on her students.
I got the distinct impression that they didn't mean to stay long. See More
Recent Examples on the WebFrom catsuits to midriff-baring crop tops, Shania Twain made an impression, particularly on a new kid in town.
Eileen Finan, Peoplemag, 9 Nov. 2022 One big guy, in particular, made quite an impression.
Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, 7 Nov. 2022 This cask-strength 100-percent rye whisky first was released in 2020, and made quite an impression on whisky fans at the time, not to mention winning a number of awards.
Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 4 Nov. 2022 For Spooner, the first Earth Day, in 1970, made an impression.
Nara Schoenberg, Chicago Tribune, 28 Oct. 2022 None more so than Rodman, who made quite the impression on Coles the night before.
Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, 24 Oct. 2022 It’s the stars who have made an impression on the red carpet, while directors by and large seemed content to dress in line with their classification in the Hollywood eco-system: behind-the-camera talent.
Degen Pener, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 Oct. 2022 Even the most seemingly mundane places or objects made an impression on him, and, ultimately, this latest collection.
Helena Madden, ELLE Decor, 12 Oct. 2022 The frugality and simplicity of some Italian dishes have also made an impression on Tucci.
Barry Neild And Madalena Araujo, CNN, 7 Oct. 2022 See More
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