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pressure

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noun pres·sure \ˈpre-shər\

Definition of pressure

  1. 1a :  the burden of physical or mental distressb :  the constraint of circumstance :  the weight of social or economic imposition

  2. 2 :  the application of force to something by something else in direct contact with it :  compression

  3. 3 archaic :  impression, stamp

  4. 4a :  the action of a force against an opposing forceb :  the force or thrust exerted over a surface divided by its areac :  electromotive force

  5. 5 :  the stress or urgency of matters demanding attention :  exigency people who work well under pressure

  6. 6 :  the force of selection that results from one or more agents and tends to reduce a population of organisms population pressure predation pressure

  7. 7 :  the pressure exerted in every direction by the weight of the atmosphere

  8. 8 :  a sensation aroused by moderate compression of a body part or surface

pressureless

adjective

Examples of pressure in a Sentence

  1. Apply pressure to the wound to stop the bleeding.

  2. the pressure of the compressed air inside the chamber

  3. The animal's jaws can exert a pressure of more than 750 pounds per square inch.

  4. The horse will respond to the slightest pressure of a rider's knee.

  5. The fruit yields to gentle pressure when it's ripe.

  6. the normal air pressure at sea level

  7. He gave in to the social pressures to act and dress like everybody else.

  8. She felt a constant pressure to earn more money.

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Origin and Etymology of pressure

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin pressura, from Latin, action of pressing, pressure, from pressus, past participle of premere


First Known Use: 14th century


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pressure

verb pres·sure

Definition of pressure

pressured

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pressuring

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  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to apply pressure to

  3. 2 :  pressurize

  4. 3 :  to cook in a pressure cooker

Examples of pressure in a Sentence

  1. his father pressured him to go out for the swim team

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1938

First Known Use of pressure

1938



PRESSURE Defined for English Language Learners

pressure

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noun

Definition of pressure for English Language Learners

  • : the weight or force that is produced when something presses or pushes against something else

  • : the action of pressing or pushing against something

  • : the weight of the air in the Earth's atmosphere

pressure

verb

Definition of pressure for English Language Learners

  • : to use pressure to force or try to force (someone) to do something


PRESSURE Defined for Kids

pressure

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noun pres·sure \ˈpre-shər\

Definition of pressure for Students

  1. 1 :  the action of pushing steadily against

  2. 2 :  a force or influence that cannot be avoided social pressure

  3. 3 :  the force with which one body presses against another

  4. 4 :  the need to get things done Mom works well under pressure.


Medical Dictionary

pressure

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noun pres·sure \ˈpresh-ər\

Medical Definition of pressure

  1. 1:  the burden of mental or physical distress especially from grief, illness, or adversity

  2. 2:  the application of force to something by something else in direct contact with it :  compression

  3. 3a:  the action of a force against some opposing force :  a force in the nature of a thrust distributed over a surfaceb:  the force or thrust exerted over a surface divided by the area of the surface

  4. 4:  electromotive force

  5. 5:  atmospheric pressure

  6. 6:  a touch sensation aroused by moderate compression of the skin



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