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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Prest \Prest\, a. [OF. prest, F. pr[^e]t, fr. L. praestus ready. Cf. Presto.] 1. Ready; prompt; prepared. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] All prest to such battle he was. --R. of Gloucester. [1913 Webster] 2. Neat; tidy; proper. [Obs.] --Tusser. [1913 Webster] Prest money, money formerly paid to men when they enlisted into the British service; -- so called because it bound those that received it to be ready for service when called upon. [1913 Webster]