- rapid learning that occurs during a brief receptive period, typically soon after birth or hatching, and establishes a long-lasting behavioral response to a specific individual or object, as attachment to parent, offspring, or site.
Origin of imprinting
- a mark made by pressure; a mark or figure impressed or printed on something.
- any impression or impressed effect: He left the imprint of his thought on all succeeding scholars.
- the name of a book's publisher printed on the title page or elsewhere, usually with the place and date of publication.
- the statement of such information in a bibliographic description of a printed work.
- a name, title, or other designation by which all or certain specific books of a publisher are identified.
- any marketing name used by a company or organization for a product line; brand or label.
- the printer's name and address as indicated on any printed matter.
- to impress (a quality, character, distinguishing mark, etc.).
- to produce (a mark) on something by pressure.
- to bestow, as a kiss.
- to fix firmly on the mind, memory, etc.
- Animal Behavior, Psychology. to acquire or establish by imprinting.
- to make an imprint upon.
- to make an impression; have an effect.
Origin of imprint
Related Words for imprintingsignature, etch, inscribe, engrave, emblem, name, trace, stamp, impress, influence, effect, dent, design, indentation, trademark, print, mark, banner, heading, sign
Examples from the Web for imprinting
Contemporary Examples of imprinting
Imprinting is introduced in Eclipse as an involuntary, lifelong attachment to a soul mate.The Future of Twilight
July 1, 2010
Historical Examples of imprinting
He gathered her to himself, imprinting kisses upon her lips and cheeks.Sister Carrie
I am almost afraid at the power she has of imprinting herself on the mind.Memoirs of a Midget
Walter de la Mare
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.Mildred at Home
He kissed her cheek, imprinting thereon a Cupid's bow, by reason of his own addiction to the lipstick.Ptomaine Street
But Sir Francis had possessed himself of her hand, and was imprinting ardent kisses upon it.Dust
- the development through exceptionally fast learning in young animals of recognition of and attraction to members of their own species or to surrogates
- a mark or impression produced by pressure, printing, or stamping
- a characteristic mark or indication; stampthe imprint of great sadness on his face
- the publisher's name and address, usually with the date of publication, in a book, pamphlet, etc
- the printer's name and address on any printed matter
- to produce (a mark, impression, etc) on (a surface) by pressure, printing, or stampingto imprint a seal on wax; to imprint wax with a seal
- to establish firmly; impress; stampto imprint the details on one's mind
- (of young animals) to undergo the process of imprinting
Word Origin and History for imprinting
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.
- 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.