Im·pre·sa n. Her. A device on a shield or seal, or used as a bookplate or the like. [Written also imprese and impress.]
My impresa to your lordship; a swain
Flying to a laurel for shelter. --J. Webster.
Im·press v. t. [imp. & p. p. Impressed p. pr. & vb. n. Impressing.]
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. 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.
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.
n : the act of coercing someone into government service [syn: impressment]
v 1: have an emotional or cognitive impact upon; "This child
impressed me as unusually mature"; "This behavior struck
me as odd" [syn: affect, move, strike]
2: impress positively; "The young chess player impressed her
3: produce or try to produce a vivid impression of; "Mother
tried to ingrain respect for our elders in us" [syn: ingrain,
4: mark or stamp with or as if with pressure; "To make a batik,
you impress a design with wax" [syn: imprint]
5: reproduce by printing [syn: print]
6: take (someone) against his will for compulsory service,
especially on board a ship; "The men were shanghaied after
being drugged" [syn: shanghai]
7: dye (fabric) before it is spun [syn: yarn-dye]