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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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So saying, Madame de Saint-Meran extended her dry bony hand to Villefort, who, while imprinting a son-in-law's respectful salute on it, looked at Renee, as much as to say, "I must try and fancy 'tis your dear hand I kiss, as it should have been.
Airy figures, absolutely bodiless ideas, and forms of unsubstantial beauty came and danced before her, imprinting their momentary footsteps on beams of light.
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.
With that, he jocularly tapped Mrs Sliderskew under the chin, and appeared, for the moment, inclined to celebrate the close of his bachelor days by imprinting a kiss on her shrivelled lips.
Accredited Promotion Consultants at Active Imprints oversee every aspect of creating promotional items, ranging from artwork development and imprinting to warehousing and distribution.
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.
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.
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.
Studies have linked a loss of imprinting to some diseases, including cancer.
In generics, imprinting describes the condition where one of the two alleles of a typical gene pair is silenced by an epigenetic process such as methylation or acetylation.
Most likely, they followed him because of behavioral imprinting.