Impress

Im"press

(?), n.;
pl. Impresses ().
1. The act of impressing or making.
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2. A mark made by pressure; an indentation; imprint; the image or figure of anything, formed by pressure or as if by pressure; result produced by pressure or influence.
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The impresses of the insides of these shells.
Woodward.
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This weak impress of love is as a figure
Trenched in ice.
Shak.
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3. Characteristic; mark of distinction; stamp. South.
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4. A device. See Impresa. Cussans.
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To describe . . . emblazoned shields,
Impresses quaint.
Milton.
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5. [See Imprest, Press to force into service.] The act of impressing, or taking by force for the public service; compulsion to serve; also, that which is impressed.
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Why such impress of shipwrights?
Shak.
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Impress gang, a party of men, with an officer, employed to impress seamen for ships of war; a press gang. -- Impress money, a sum of money paid, immediately upon their entering service, to men who have been impressed.
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