(||Im`pri*ma"tur) n. [L., let it be printed.] (Law) A license to print or publish a book, paper,
etc.; also, in countries subjected to the censorship of the press, approval of that which is published.
(Im*prim"er*y) n. [F. imprimerie, fr. imprimer to imprint.] [Obs.] (a) A print; impression.
(b) A printing establishment. (c) The art of printing.
(Im*prim"ing) n. A beginning. [Obs.] "Their springings and imprimings." Sir H. Wotton.
(||Im*pri"mis) adv. [L., for in primis among the first, chiefly; in in + primus first.] In the first
place; first in order.
(Im*print") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Imptrinted; p. pr. & vb. n. Imprinting.] [OE. emprenten, F.
empreint, p. p. of empreindre to imprint, fr. L. imprimere to impres, imprint. See 1st In-, Print, and
1. To impress; to mark by pressure; to indent; to stamp.
And sees his num'rous herds imprint her sands.Prior.
2. To stamp or mark, as letters on paper, by means of type, plates, stamps, or the like; to print the mark
Nature imprints upon whate'er we see,Cowper.
That has a heart and life in it, "Be free."
3. To fix indelibly or permanently, as in the mind or memory; to impress.
Ideas of those two different things distinctly imprinted on his mind.Locke.
(Im"print) n. [Cf. F. empreinte impress, stamp. See Imprint, v. t.] Whatever is impressed or
imprinted; the impress or mark left by something; specifically, the name of the printer or publisher (usually)
with the time and place of issue, in the title- page of a book, or on any printed sheet. "That imprint
of their hands." Buckle.
(Im*pris"on) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Imprisoned ; p. pr. & vb. n. Imprisoning.] [OE. enprisonen,
OF. enprisoner, F. emprisonner; pref. en- (L. in) + F. & OF. prison. See Prison.]
1. To put in prison or jail; To arrest and detain in custody; to confine.
He imprisoned was in chains remediless.Spenser.
2. To limit, restrain, or confine in any way.
Try to imprison the resistless wind.Dryden.
Syn. To incarcerate; confine; immure.
(Im*pris"on*er) n. One who imprisons.
(Im*pris"on ment) n. [OE. enprisonment; F. emprisonnement.] The act of imprisoning,
or the state of being imprisoned; confinement; restraint.
His sinews waxen weak and rawSpenser.
Through long imprisonment and hard constraint.
Every confinement of the person is an imprisonment, whether it be in a common prison, or in a private
house, or even by foreibly detaining one in the public streets.Blackstone. False imprisonment. (Law) See under False.