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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Other Words from pressure cooker

pressure-cook verb

Examples of pressure cooker in a Sentence

The new boss has turned the office into a pressure cooker.
Recent Examples on the Web The insanely popular digital pressure cooker has become a staple in kitchens across the globe — the device’s Facebook community has more than 2.5 million followers — and can be used to slash hours to minutes when breakfast is on the line. Paul Stephen,, "How to make your breakfast tacos — barbacoa, carne guisada, picadillo — in the Instant Pot," 12 Feb. 2020 Many rice cookers look like pressure cookers, which use pressure to cook food quickly — a function that has been used to turn them into bombs. Washington Post, "Bail set at $200,000 for NYC subway scare defendant," 18 Aug. 2019 The boys threw pipe bombs and an I.E.D. made out of a pressure cooker at the police. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, "What It Means to Miss Marathon Day in Boston," 18 Apr. 2020 But how will salty GM Dave Gettleman mesh with inexperienced HC Joe Judge in a pressure cooker town? 27. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "NFL power rankings: How does rest of field shake out after Chiefs' Super Bowl LIV win?," 5 Feb. 2020 Two great kitchen tools to experiment with are the pressure cooker and an air fryer, both of which are extremely trendy right now. Alex Darus, cleveland, "9 great things you can make in a pressure cooker or an air fryer," 9 Apr. 2020 Place your beans in a pressure cooker and cover with water; be sure not to go over the max quantity line. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "How to Cook Dried Beans the Traditional Way," 23 Mar. 2020 According to Amazon, the best-selling home products in the U.S. were the Instant Pot Duo 80 pressure cooker, a Keurig K-Classic Coffee Maker, and a Mr. Coffee Mug Warmer. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Amazon Reveals the Biggest Sellers and Trends for Holiday 2019," 26 Dec. 2019 Under the pressure cooker conditions that Modi’s abrupt lockdown of the country has created, this could create a potentially explosive situation. Anisha Sircar, Quartz India, "India’s coronavirus lockdown is bringing out the worst in its police force," 27 Mar. 2020

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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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22 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Pressure cooker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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

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