Impress

Definition of Impress

Im`press´
v. t.1.To press, stamp, or print something in or upon; to mark by pressure, or as by pressure; to imprint (that which bears the impression).
[imp. & p. p. Impressed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Impressing.]
His heart, like an agate, with your print impressed.
- Shak.
2.To produce by pressure, as a mark, stamp, image, etc.; to imprint (a mark or figure upon something).
3.To fix deeply in the mind; to present forcibly to the attention, etc.; to imprint; to inculcate.
Impress the motives of persuasion upon our own hearts till we feel the force of them.
- I. Watts.
4.To take by force for public service; as, to impress sailors or money.
The second five thousand pounds impressed for the service of the sick and wounded prisoners.
- Evelyn.
v. i.1.To be impressed; to rest.
Such fiendly thoughts in his heart impress.
- Chaucer.
n.1.The act of impressing or making.
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 figure
Trenched in ice.
- Shak.
3.Characteristic; mark of distinction; stamp.
4.A device. See Impresa.
5.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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