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.
The impresses of the insides of these shells.Woodward.
This weak impress of love is as a figureShak.
Trenched in ice.
3. Characteristic; mark of distinction; stamp.
4. A device. See Impresa.
To describe . . . emblazoned shields,Milton.
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.
Why such impress of shipwrights?Shak.
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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