The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Impress \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.
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.