imprinting is introduced in Eclipse as an involuntary, lifelong attachment to a soul mate.
Each morning the child greets his father by imprinting a kiss upon the hand.
I am almost afraid at the power she has of imprinting herself on the mind.
"The same wild Rose of two years ago," echoed Mr. St. Clair, as he met her in the door, imprinting a kiss on her cheek.
He put his arm about her, and drew her into a close, tender embrace, imprinting a long and ardent kiss upon the rich red lips.
Not satisfied with imprinting a wound on him, they salted the mangled flesh.
But Sir Francis had possessed himself of her hand, and was imprinting ardent kisses upon it.
From whom was the paper purchased on which appears the imprinting on the exhibit identified here as Commission Exhibit No. 996.
He hung back from imprinting the expected kiss: at which Betty started as if she had received a poignant wound.
He gathered her to himself, imprinting kisses upon her lips and cheeks.
late 14c., from Old French empreinter, from empreinte, noun use of fem. past participle of eimpreindre "to impress, imprint," from Vulgar Latin *impremere, from Latin imprimere "to impress, imprint" (see impress). As a noun from mid-15c.
imprinting im·print·ing (ĭm'prĭn'tĭng)
A learning process occurring early in the life of a social animal in which a specific behavior pattern is established through association with a parent or other role model.
A rapid learning process by which a newborn or very young animal establishes a behavior pattern of recognition and attraction towards other animals of its own kind, as well as to specific individuals of its species, such as its parents, or to a substitute for these. Ducklings, for example, will imprint upon and follow the first large moving object they observe. In nature, this is usually their mother, but they can be made to imprint upon other moving objects, such as a soccer ball.