In "Twilight" what does imprinting mean?
Imprinting, in the books, is when one person irrevocably falls in love with another person. When they "imprint" on the other person, the two become connected, as mates, forever. There can be no one else; the other person becomes their entire world and it is a bond that cannot be broken. In the books, we see this happening almost exclusively with the werewolves; although, in "Breaking Dawn" we see it breach species boundaries. It is an interesting phenomenon sometimes seen in wild animals who maintain a monogomous relationship with only one other creature for their entire lives; Stephanie Meyer took that concept and applied it to werewolves in her novel.
Imprinting is like falling in love and whoever they imprint on, they will love that person for the rest of their lives no matter who it is. They want to protect, love, and care for whoever they have imprinted on.
Imprinting is when one of the wolfs grow uncontrollable strong feelings for a significant other. It's almost like first love and not really like it because love doesn't automatically come with imprinting it grows with imprinting. They just have this over whelming need to protect and care for the person they imprint on. Jacob once described it as a bunch of balloon chords being cut at once and just falling and drifting towards the direction of the one that they are imprinting on.
In the book it means that the person imprinting has falling in love, the person they love is the only one the will ever love. They have to life for that person, and no one else.