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v. im·print·ed, im·print·ing, im·prints
1. To produce (a mark or pattern) on a surface by pressure.
2. To produce a mark on (a surface) by pressure.
3. To impart a strong or vivid impression of: "We imprint our own ideas onto acts" (Ellen Goodman).
4. To fix firmly, as in the mind: He tried to imprint the telephone number in his memory.
5. To cause (a very young animal) to recognize and be attracted to another animal or to an object identified as the parent. Often used with on.
6. To modify (a gene) chemically, as by DNA methylation, affecting the gene's expression in offspring.
To become imprinted on another animal or on an object identified as the parent. Used of newborn or very young animals. Often used with on: lab animals that imprint on researchers.
n. (ĭm′prĭnt′)
1. A mark or pattern produced by imprinting; an impression.
2. A distinguishing influence or effect: Spanish architecture that shows the imprint of Islamic rule.
3. A chemical modification of a gene affecting the gene's expression in offspring.
a. A publisher's name, often with the date, address, and edition, printed at the bottom of a title page of a publication.
b. A publishing business with a unique name, usually owned by a larger publishing firm: started a paperback imprint for young-adult novels.

[Middle English emprenten, from Old French empreinter, from empreinte, impression, from feminine past participle of empreindre, to print, from Latin imprimere, to impress; see impress1.]


(Zoology) the development through exceptionally fast learning in young animals of recognition of and attraction to members of their own species or to surrogates


(ɪmˈprɪn tɪŋ)

rapid learning that occurs during a brief receptive period, typically in early life, and that establishes a long-lasting behavioral response to a specific individual, object, or category of stimuli, as attachment to a parent or preference for a type of habitat.
[1937; translation of German Prägung, K. Lorenz's term]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.imprinting - a learning process in early life whereby species specific patterns of behavior are established
learning, acquisition - the cognitive process of acquiring skill or knowledge; "the child's acquisition of language"


[ɪmˈprɪntɪŋ] N (Bio, Psych) → impresión f
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He drew rein, and as they slowed he was on the point of imprinting the desired salute, when, as if hardly yet aware of her own modesty, she dodged aside.
Imprinting Systems has seen an increase in productivity after its acquisition of a Mark Andy Digital One, a 4-color EP label press.
It has been found that on imprinting fibroadenoma a surprisingly large amount of cellular material was transferred to the slide.
The covalent and noncovalent are the major techniques for imprinting [9-12].
Pressure applied for imprinting varied with the consistency of the specimen.
reports that genomic imprinting, a process that specifically shuts down one of the two gene copies found in each mammalian cell, prevents the reservists from being called up prematurely.
The topics include molecularly imprinted polymers as recognition elements in sensors, the fabrication and development of molecularly imprinted polymer-based sensors for environmental applications, comparing optical and mass-sensitive detection, discriminating analytes with fluorescent molecular imprinting sensor arrays, luminescent optical sensors based on nanoscale molecularly imprinted polymers, conductive polymers for plastic electronics, and molecularly imprinted sol-gel sensors.
An imprinting process that is completely free of odors and debris.
ColorDynamics, a Dallas-based commercial printer, has purchased a KODAK PROSPER S10 Imprinting System to significantly improve turnaround time on direct mail jobs.
Genomic imprinting is monoallelic and involves epigenetically expressed parent-of-origin-dependent inheritance of specific autosomal genes (mother (egg) or father (sperm)) (Cheng et al.
Over the past two decades, a bulk of research has focused on the development of various formats of MIP materials, which has allowed the method of imprinting to expand into new scientific areas, namely chemo/biosensors [1,2], nanotechnology [3,4], biotechnology [5], chemical synthesis and catalysis [6], etc.
Molecular imprinting is a novel method for designing materials with molecular memory, which consists of cavities that bear the shape and dimensions of a template molecule.