Definitions for: Impress


[n] the act of coercing someone into government service
[v] dye (fabric) before it is spun
[v] make a deep and indelible impression on someone
[v] take (someone) against his will for compulsory service, esp. on board a ship; "The men were shanghaied after being drugged"
[v] mark or stamp with or as if with pressure; "To make a batik, you impress a design with wax"
[v] reproduce by printing
[v] have an emotional or cognitive impact upon; "This child impressed me as unusually mature"; "This behavior struck me as odd"
[v] impress positively; "The young chess player impressed her audience"



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.]
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).

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. 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.


Im*press", v. i.
To be impressed; to rest. [Obs.]

Such fiendly thoughts in his heart impress. --Chaucer.


Im"press, n.; pl. Impresses.
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. --South.

4. A device. See Impresa. --Cussans.

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.

Synonyms: affect, impressment, imprint, ingrain, instill, move, print, shanghai, strike, yarn-dye

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