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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Press, n.  A commission to force men into public service, particularly into the navy.
    I have misused the king's press.   --Shak.
 Press gang, or Pressgang, a detachment of seamen under the command of an officer empowered to force men into the naval service. See Impress gang, under Impress.
 Press money, money paid to a man enlisted into public service. See Prest money, under Prest, a.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.
 4. A device. See Impresa.
 To describe . . . emblazoned shields,
 Impresses quaint.   --Milton.
 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.