press

95 ENTRIES FOUND:

1press

noun \ˈpres\

Definition of PRESS

1
a :  a crowd or crowded condition :  throng
b :  a thronging or crowding forward or together
2
a :  an apparatus or machine by which a substance is cut or shaped, an impression of a body is taken, a material is compressed, pressure is applied to a body, liquid is expressed, or a cutting tool is fed into the work by pressure
b :  a building containing presses or a business using presses
4
a :  an action of pressing or pushing :  pressure
b :  an aggressive pressuring defense employed in basketball often over the entire court area
5
:  the properly smoothed and creased condition of a freshly pressed garment <out of press>
6
a :  printing press
b :  the act or the process of printing
c :  a printing or publishing establishment
7
a :  the gathering and publishing or broadcasting of news :  journalism
b :  newspapers, periodicals, and often radio and television news broadcasting
c :  news reporters, publishers, and broadcasters
d :  comment or notice in newspapers and periodicals <is getting a good press>
8
:  any of various pressure devices (as one for keeping sporting gear from warping when not in use)
9
:  a lift in weight lifting in which the weight is raised to shoulder height and then smoothly extended overhead without assist from the legs — compare clean and jerk, snatch

Origin of PRESS

Middle English presse, from Anglo-French, from presser to press
First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with PRESS

2press

verb

Definition of PRESS

transitive verb
1
:  to act upon through steady pushing or thrusting force exerted in contact :  squeeze
2
a :  assail, harass
b :  afflict, oppress
3
a :  to squeeze out the juice or contents of
b :  to squeeze with apparatus or instruments to a desired density, smoothness, or shape
4
a :  to exert influence on :  constrain
b :  to try hard to persuade :  beseech, entreat
5
:  to move by means of pressure
6
a :  to lay stress or emphasis on
b :  to insist on or request urgently
7
:  to follow through (a course of action)
8
:  to clasp in affection or courtesy
9
:  to make (a phonograph record) from a matrix
intransitive verb
1
:  to crowd closely :  mass
2
:  to force or push one's way
3
:  to seek urgently :  contend
4
:  to require haste or speed in action
5
:  to exert pressure
6
:  to take or hold a press
7
:  to employ a press in basketball
press the flesh
:  to greet and shake hands with people especially while campaigning for political office

Origin of PRESS

Middle English, from Anglo-French presser, from Latin pressare, frequentative of premere to press; probably akin to Russian naperet' to press
First Known Use: 14th century

3press

verb

Definition of PRESS

transitive verb
1
:  to force into service especially in an army or navy :  impress
2
a :  to take by authority especially for public use :  commandeer
b :  to take and force into any usually emergency service
intransitive verb
:  to impress men as soldiers or sailors

Origin of PRESS

alteration of obsolete prest to enlist by giving pay in advance
First Known Use: 1578

4press

noun

Definition of PRESS

1
:  impressment into service especially in a navy
2
obsolete :  a warrant for impressing recruits

First Known Use of PRESS

1599

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