low-pres·​sure ˈlō-ˈpre-shər How to pronounce low-pressure (audio)
: having, exerting, or operating under a relatively small pressure

Examples of low-pressure in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Confidence: Medium-High Sunday: As a Midwest low-pressure area approaches us, some clouds and showers become possible. A. Camden Walker, Washington Post, 15 Sep. 2023 The torrential rainfall that has devastated Derna and other cities in Libya’s northeast is the result of a very strong low-pressure system, which brought catastrophic flooding to Greece last week before moving into the Mediterranean and developing into a tropical-like cyclone known as a medicane. Mostafa Salem, CNN, 13 Sep. 2023 Instead, that air forms a small, low-pressure vortex immediately above the leading edge of the wing. Sarah Wells, Popular Mechanics, 9 Aug. 2023 The National Weather Service said a low-pressure system will prevent San Diego’s daytime high from rising above 76 on Saturday and 73 on Sunday and Monday. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Sep. 2023 Storm chances increase further on Friday With the current forecast, Thursday's thunderstorms are on-call for the night shift as moisture levels are on the rise heading into Friday with low-pressure troughs moving on down from the north. The Arizona Republic, 31 Aug. 2023 Wind tends to flow from high-pressure areas to low-pressure ones, and the stronger the pressure difference, the faster the winds. Andrea Thompson, Scientific American, 9 Aug. 2023 Hot air to the east and a low-pressure system to the west combined to push and pull Hilary up into California instead of the normal paths for eastern Pacific storms, Corbosiero and other scientists said. Time, 22 Aug. 2023 An upper-level low-pressure system will tap into some of the moisture from Hilary and bring some rain to the region — just not enough. Amudalat Ajasa, Washington Post, 21 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1816, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of low-pressure was in 1816

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“Low-pressure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/low-pressure. Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

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: having or operating under a relatively small pressure
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