impress

Definitions

  • Ink impressions of leaves
    Ink impressions of leaves
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v impress dye (fabric) before it is spun
    • v impress produce or try to produce a vivid impression of "Mother tried to ingrain respect for our elders in us"
    • v impress take (someone) against his will for compulsory service, especially on board a ship "The men were shanghaied after being drugged"
    • v impress mark or stamp with or as if with pressure "To make a batik, you impress a design with wax"
    • v impress reproduce by printing
    • v impress have an emotional or cognitive impact upon "This child impressed me as unusually mature","This behavior struck me as odd"
    • v impress impress positively "The young chess player impressed her audience"
    • n impress the act of coercing someone into government service
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Ink impressions of leaves: White oak. Linden Ink impressions of leaves: White oak. Linden
Skin impression from the tail of a Trachodon Skin impression from the tail of a Trachodon

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Gerald Ford was the only President to have two women attempt to assassinate him. Both attempts were in California in September of 1975. The first attempt was September 6, 1975, by Lynette Fromme who thought she could impress Charles Manson by killing the President. The next attempt was by Sara Jane Moore on September 22, 1975. Her motive was simply that she was bored. John Tyler, joined the Confederacy twenty years later and became the only President named a sworn enemy of the United States.
    • Impress A device. See Impresa. "An imprese , as the Italians call it, is a device in picture with his motto or word, borne by noble or learned personages.""To describe . . . emblazoned shields, Impresses quaint."
    • Impress 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."
    • Impress Characteristic; mark of distinction; stamp.
    • Impress The act of impressing or making.
    • Impress 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?"
    • v. i Impress To be impressed; to rest. "Such fiendly thoughts in his heart impress ."
    • Impress 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."
    • Impress 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 ."
    • Impress To produce by pressure, as a mark, stamp, image, etc.; to imprint (a mark or figure upon something).
    • Impress 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Napoleon took 14,000 French decrees and simplified them into a unified set of 7 laws. This was the first time in modern history that a nation's laws applied equally to all citizens. Napoleon's 7 laws are so impressive that by 1960 more than 70 governments had patterned their own laws after them or used them verbatim.
    • impress To press upon or against; stamp in; mark by pressure; make an impression upon.
    • impress Hence To affect forcibly, as the mind or some one of its faculties; produce a mental effect upon: as, to impress the memory or imagination; the matter impressed him favorably.
    • impress To produce or fix by pressure, or as if by pressure; make an impression of; imprint, literally or figuratively: as, to impress figures on coins or plate; to impress an image on the memory.
    • impress Hence To stamp deeply on the mind; fix by inculcation.
    • impress To be stamped or impressed; fix itself.
    • n impress A mark or indentation made by pressure; the figure or image of anything imparted by pressure, or as if by pressure; stamp; impression; hence, any distinguishing form or character.
    • n impress Semblance; appearance.
    • impress To compel to enter into public service, as seamen; take into service by compulsion, as nurses during an epidemic.
    • impress To seize; take for public use: as, to impress provisions.
    • n impress Impressment.
    • n impress See imprese.
    • impress In electricity, to apply electromotive force to (a circuit) from some outside source or to create difference of potential in (a conductor).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The original title of Jane Austen's novel Pride and Prejudice was First Impression
    • v.t Impress im-pres′ to press upon: to mark by pressure: to produce by pressure: to stamp: to fix deeply in the mind
    • ns Impress that which is made by pressure: stamp: likeness
    • v.t Impress im-pres′ to force into service, esp. the public service
    • Impress im-pres′ (Milt.) a device worn by a noble or his retainers.
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Quotations

  • Russell C. Taylor
    Russell C. Taylor
    “I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.”
  • Zora Neale Hurston
    Zora Neale Hurston
    “Love, I find, is like singing. Everybody can do enough to satisfy themselves, though it may not impress the neighbors as being very much.”
  • Walter Bagehot
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    “What impresses men is not mind, but the result of mind.”
  • Sir James M. Barrie
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    “There are few more impressive sights in the world than a Scotsman on the make.”
  • Edward Windsor
    Edward Windsor
    “The thing that impresses me most about America is the way parents obey their children.”
  • Sara Teasdale
    Sara Teasdale
    “Then, like an old-time orator impressively he rose; I make the most of all that comes and the least of all that goes.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. impressus, p. p. of imprimere, to impress; pref. im-, in, on + premere, to press. See Press to squeeze, and cf. Imprint
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.

Usage

In literature:

Liverpool impressed me unfavorably, but I scarcely saw it.
"Glances at Europe" by Horace Greeley
He gave the impression of a man who hated his job, but in reality he loved it.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
So great was the impression made upon him that for the moment he almost forgot the purpose for which he came.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
Lance has given me the impression that he agrees with me.
"The Girl Scouts in Beechwood Forest" by Margaret Vandercook
FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF AMERICA.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
There is a general impression here, among the best-informed, that war in Italy, to begin with, is inevitable, and will break out before April.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
Why don't you impress that on him?
"The Long Portage" by Harold Bindloss
She was now trying to arrange her impressions of Canada, which were mixed.
"Prescott of Saskatchewan" by Harold Bindloss
This show impressed Charles greatly, as the unusual invariably did.
"Charles Frohman: Manager and Man" by Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
The Tory ladies, gowned in the height of fashion, were to Marjorie a revelation at once amazing and impressive.
"The Loyalist" by James Francis Barrett
These women would impress a resident of the seacoast as being stolid of face.
"A Virginia Scout" by Hugh Pendexter
So as we come to know the river in its deepest significance, our impression of its everlastingness and its irresistible power remains.
"The Heart of Nature" by Francis Younghusband
Yet everywhere one cannot fail to be impressed by the tireless industry of the people, and by their general good nature and courtesy.
"The Critic in the Orient" by George Hamlin Fitch
It is full-run, powerful, impressive, and highly individualized.
"The Book of the National Parks" by Robert Sterling Yard
The scene produced upon me an impression indescribably strange.
"The Quadroon" by Mayne Reid
Deeply impressed by his teachings, she followed him to the Cathedral, where she soon became a regular attendant.
"As I Remember" by Marian Gouverneur
Interaction through sensory impressions and emotional expression is restricted to the communication of attitudes and feelings.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
I will only assert what I could prove by evidence other than my own impressions.
"The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I." by Sir Leslie Stephen
I gained the impression that she was taller and more slender than I had thought.
"A Top-Floor Idyl" by George van Schaick
This impression had unquestionably retarded the development of their relations.
"The Gray Mask" by Wadsworth Camp
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In poetry:

Its tone has a magic power
Whereby the heart is impressed
With the weight of its noble mission
And unselfish interest.
"The Desirable Undefined" by Jared Barhite
But happiest ye, who sealed and blest
Back to your arms your treasure take,
With Jesus' mark impressed
To nurse for Jesus' sake:
"Holy Baptism" by John Keble
The threat'nings of thy broken law
Impress our souls with dread;
If God his sword of vengeance draw,
It strikes our spirits dead.
"Hymn 38 part 1" by Isaac Watts
But earthly hope is gone; and now
Comes in its place a brighter beam,
Leaving upon her snowy brow
The impress of a heavenly dream:
"The Fading Flower" by William McKendree Carleton
"But I am jealous of my heart,
Lest it should once from thee depart;
Then let thy name be well impressed
As a fair signet on my breast.
"Hymn 78" by Isaac Watts
So faithful Stephen, undismayed,
The malice of the Jews surveyed;
The holy joy which filled his breast
A lustre on his face impressed.
"The Death Of Stephen" by John Newton

In news:

CHICAGO – St Louis Cardinals rookie Joe Kelly is piling up plenty of positive impressions, just not a lot of wins.
Gonzaga coach Mark Few has had a chance to observe 7-foot-1 Polish center Przemek Karnowski and came away impressed by his hands and his passing.
Crossover up next Colville High continued its impressive and unbeaten run through the September.
When Louis Steven Inghilterra's colleagues at Fiduciary Trust first met him, they were impressed, and a bit intimidated.
Staging starts outside first impressions are crucial.
PS3 Slim – Unboxing & First Impressions by Product Feedback.
You'll be impressed by the beautiful layers.
Sure, that lasagna or meatloaf is better than those you've tried elsewhere, and her other few specialties are perhaps equally impressive.
In a new show opening this week at Visiones Gallery, Isaac AlaridPease, director of Working Classroom's impressive visual arts program, takes a crack at exhibiting some of his own work.
Cowboys seventh-round draft pick Sean Lissemore made an impression at camp with his speed and quickness.
Ted Kennedy, who played football at Harvard, was impressive enough to draw interest from the Green Bay Packers.
Canteen 's impressive tequila selection is a welcome addition to the Mill Avenue scene — and you won't leave you feeling seedy and well past your prime, as you might at some Mill Ave youth-centric bars.
Asian Court impresses with its dim sum and lunch special.
Area runners cap off impressive season.
TALLAHASSEE- A pair of area runners had impressive efforts on Saturday morning in the FHSAA State Cross Country Meet.
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In science:

The differential counts based on these data, shown in Fig. 5, reveal an impressive agreement between so many independent samples.
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View
The performance of the scheme in improving sorting time is quite impressive.
Random Shuffling to Reduce Disorder in Adaptive Sorting Scheme
It contains an impressive ridge, likely created by a shock and a cavity with an estimated age of only ∼ 30,000 yr, sculpted in the ionized gas by the powerful winds of massive stars.
HST study of the LMC compact star forming region N83B
Ironically, the standard summary of his results gives the opposite impression.
Physics with exotic probability theory
Fig. 10 displays the impressive agreement among waveforms for different extraction times and different modes.
Modeling gravitational radiation from coalescing binary black holes
Considering the waveforms here presented, we are impressed by its simplicity, a simple multipolar description with monotonically increasing frequency and smoothly changing amplitude.
Modeling gravitational radiation from coalescing binary black holes
This is a very impressive result since the spin-wave theory is in principle developed around T = 0, describing the low temperature excitations of the ferromagnetic spin chain.
Modified spin-wave study of random antiferromagnetic-ferromagnetic spin chains
Higher resolutions yield even more impressive results, showing deviations from the expected theoretical mass correction of 0.55% and 0.42%, respectively.
Variational Principles in General Relativity
As long as one stays at temperatures much lower than the glass temperature, one finds impressive agreement with the idea of a temperature-independent barrier density function.
Energy landscape - a key concept for the dynamics of glasses and liquids
While on even longer time scales, it was shown that the monsoonal rainfall in Oman has an impressive correlation with the solar activity, as portrayed by the 14C production history .
The Spiral Structure of the Milky Way, Cosmic Rays, and Ice Age Epochs on Earth
As one can see, the agreement is quite impressive.
Pion Structure at High and Low Energies in Chiral Quark Models
To summarize these global, spatial ly averaged impressions, the average velocity of each GC sample is in very good agreement with that of M49 itself.
Dynamics of the Globular Cluster System Associated with M49 (NGC4472): Cluster Orbital Properties and the Distribution of Dark Matter
It does, however, give an impression of the (small) impact that a particular choice of bin boundaries has on the derived GC rotation amplitude.
Dynamics of the Globular Cluster System Associated with M49 (NGC4472): Cluster Orbital Properties and the Distribution of Dark Matter
Impressive numerical results also support the conjecture at the level of one-point statistics , and evidence for higher order statistics is given in [4, 5].
Supporting random wave models: a quantum mechanical approach
Instead, he tries to create an impression that the NS method can serve, under some conditions, as a parameter-fitting method, which produces some potential, given the set of ”nonexceptional” phase shifts.
Comments on the letter of P.Sabatier "An erroneous statement"
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