A female imp.

V.: 1 To make a good impression
2 To apply with pressure.

Im*press" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Impressed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Impressing.] [L. impressus, p. p. of imprimere to impress; pref. im- in, on + premere to press. See Press to squeeze, and cf. Imprint.]


To press, stamp, or print something in or upon; to mark by pressure, or as by pressure; to imprint (that which bears the impression).

His heart, like an agate, with your print impressed. Shak.


To produce by pressure, as a mark, stamp, image, etc.; to imprint (a mark or figure upon something).


Fig.: 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. [See Imprest, Impress, n., 5.]

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.


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Im*press", v. i.

To be impressed; to rest.


Such fiendly thoughts in his heart impress. Chaucer.


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Im"press (?), n.; pl. Impresses ().


The act of impressing or making.


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.


Characteristic; mark of distinction; stamp.



A device. See Impresa.


To describe . . . emblazoned shields, Impresses quaint. 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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