high-pressure

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adjective

high-pres·​sure ˈhī-ˈpre-shər How to pronounce high-pressure (audio)
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a
: having or involving a high or comparatively high pressure especially greatly exceeding that of the atmosphere
b
: having a high barometric pressure
2
a
: using or involving aggressive and insistent sales techniques
b
: imposing or involving severe strain or tension
high-pressure occupations

high-pressure

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verb

high-pressured; high-pressuring; high-pressures

transitive verb

: to sell or influence by high-pressure tactics

Examples of high-pressure in a Sentence

Adjective a high-pressure salesman who wouldn't take "no" for an answer "for a limited time only" and other standbys of high-pressure advertising
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
With soft and high-pressure settings, it can be used to water flowers and lawns, as well as to rinse off decks, windows, and cars. Isabel Garcia, Peoplemag, 17 May 2024 Plus, certain skills she's learned from being a doctor, like knowing how to suppress adrenaline and think quickly in high-pressure situations. Hannah Kirby, Journal Sentinel, 15 May 2024 So first of all, these high-pressure experiments are extremely difficult. Quanta Magazine, 9 May 2024 This past weekend, however, that high-pressure ridge wasn’t around, and a decent-sized storm got through. Paul Rogers, The Mercury News, 6 May 2024 The death of a 35-year-old Bank of America associate has ignited conversations on Wall Street about intense working conditions, like 100-plus-hour work weeks and high-pressure environments that many investment bankers face. Sunny Nagpaul, Fortune, 8 May 2024 Neither will participate in next week’s challenge, which is one of the most high-pressure and highly anticipated challenges of every season: Restaurant Wars. Rachel Bernhard, Journal Sentinel, 1 May 2024 In high-stakes, high-pressure situations like military combat, human confidence in autonomous systems can quickly vanish. IEEE Spectrum, 27 Apr. 2024 The intense convective weather in southern China was caused by a stronger-than-normal subtropical high, a semi-permanent high-pressure system circulating north of the equator. Reuters, NBC News, 22 Apr. 2024
Verb
Chinese companies have developed a technique called high-pressure acid leaching that makes low-quality nickel usable in lithium-ion batteries. Diego Lasarte, Quartz, 21 Mar. 2023 After losing to Washington State in the Pac-12 title game, Close realized the importance of emphasizing fun during the most high-pressure games of the season. Thuc Nhi Nguyen, Los Angeles Times, 19 Mar. 2023 The Bulldogs used a high-pressure defense that covers three-quarters of the court to push their lead to 10-2 after forcing four GCU turnovers. Emily Horos, The Arizona Republic, 17 Mar. 2023 McGraw appeared in 22 games last season, starting half of them, but the Tuiloma trade thrust him into a high-pressure spot. oregonlive, 16 Mar. 2023 At the time, Cherington was working at a high-pressure job as an exercise physiology-and-physical-therapy assistant in the intensive care unit at a Boston hospital. Emilia Benton, SELF, 15 Mar. 2023 Unlike existing portable desalination systems based on reverse osmosis, the MIT team’s prototype does not need any high-pressure pumping or maintenance by technicians. IEEE Spectrum, 14 Mar. 2023 As part of this research, Dituri is investigating the effects of living in a high-pressure environment for an extended period. Teresa Nowakowski, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Mar. 2023 In addition, a large high-pressure system that grew in winters past, keeping the region dry, didn’t materialize this year, leaving the door open for passing storms. Brian K Sullivan, BostonGlobe.com, 9 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

1810, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1925, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of high-pressure was in 1810

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Cite this Entry

“High-pressure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/high-pressure. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

high-pressure

1 of 2 adjective
1
a
: having or involving a high pressure especially much higher than that of the atmosphere
b
: having a high atmospheric pressure
2
: using or involving very aggressive sales techniques

high-pressure

2 of 2 verb
: to sell or influence by high-pressure methods
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