pressure cooker


Definition of pressure cooker 

1 : an airtight utensil for quick cooking or preserving of foods by means of high-temperature steam under pressure

2 : a situation or environment that is fraught with emotional or social pressures

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Examples of pressure cooker in a Sentence

The new boss has turned the office into a pressure cooker.

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Sales of bowls have climbed in tandem with the rise of the Instant Pot and the pressure cooker, time-saving gadgets that produce tasty dishes too sloppy for a plate. Bee Wilson, WSJ, "The Comfort of Bowl Food," 13 July 2018 The out-of-town circuit for shows destined for Broadway — and its pressure cooker atmosphere — has largely been replaced with the more measured pace of readings, workshops and developmental productions at regional theaters and presenting houses. Frank Rizzo, New York Times, "At First Performance of ‘My Fair Lady,’ the Drama Was Offstage," 13 Apr. 2018 He was seen buying a pressure cooker shortly before his arrest, prosecutors said. Washington Post, "Man pleads guilty to attack plot at college," 23 May 2018 The pressure cookers were filled with nails, ball bearings and black powder by the bombers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev to maximize the damage. Dan Frosch, WSJ, "Why Homemade Bombs Are Easy to Make and Hard to Trace," 21 Mar. 2018 As Instant Pot brought pressure cookers to the forefront of faster cooking, several manufacturers, among them De’Longhi, are showing new countertop convection ovens to make baking faster. Debbie Carlson,, "A $600 toaster and 4 other gadgets that caught our eye at the International Housewares Show," 12 Mar. 2018 In the trunk, police found two industrial grinding machines, a pressure cooker pot, a large security camera, a package addressed to Gary Community School Corp. and a bag full of glassware, the affidavit states. Becky Jacobs, Post-Tribune, "Police catch couple taking pressure cooker, glassware out of closed Gary school," 1 June 2018 Charlie Souhrada, a vice president of the North American Food Equipment Manufacturers, says the duties could raise the cost of a pressure cooker made by one of its members, Henny Penny. Paul Wiseman And Josh Boak,, "U.S.-China trade war could drive prices up and growth down," 6 July 2018 Charlie Souhrada, a vice president of the North American Food Equipment Manufacturers, says the duties could raise the cost of a pressure cooker made by one of its members, Henny Penny. NBC News, "China says it must 'counterattack' after U.S. tariff hike officially takes effect," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of pressure cooker

1915, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of pressure cooker was in 1915

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English Language Learners Definition of pressure cooker

: a special pot that is used to cook food quickly by using the pressure of steam

: a situation or place that causes you to feel a lot of stress or pressure

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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