2 definitions found
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:
Impressment \Im*press"ment\ ([i^]m*pr[e^]s"ment), noun
The act of seizing for public use, or of impressing into
public service; compulsion to serve; as, the impressment of
provisions or of sailors.
The great scandal of our naval service -- impressment
-- died a protracted death. --J. H.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
1: the act of coercing someone into government service [syn: