pressure cooker

noun

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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Cloudless skies that heat the humid atmosphere into a pressure cooker. Peter Reese, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Way To Spend 72 Hours at Jackson Hole," 31 July 2018 At the scene, the bomb squad removed the phone—which was designed to be used as either timer or detonator—from the pressure cooker. Mark Warren, Popular Mechanics, "How the NYPD Secures Times Square on New Year's Eve," 23 Mar. 2017 Make the farro: in a pressure cooker or multicooker, combine farro, water, sesame oil, apple cider vinegar and salt. Kathleen Squires, WSJ, "Feed Your Head: Foods That Target Depression and Anxiety," 26 July 2018 Stuyvesant is known to be a competitive pressure cooker. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "Former Stuyvesant Principal Questions Proposed Changes to School Admissions," 17 July 2018 Place chicken in pot of electric pressure cooker; add carrots, celery, onion, garlic, bay leaf, parsley, 3/4 teaspoon salt and 6 cups water. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Instant Pot Chicken Soup," 21 Dec. 2018 In the pot of an electric pressure cooker, stir together noodles and 1 tablespoon oil to coat. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Asian Noodles and Meatballs," 16 Aug. 2018 Divide mixture among the ramekins, pouring any remaining custard mixture into the ramekins, then cover each with foil. Pour 1 cup water into the pressure cooker (no need to rinse) and place a steam rack in the pot. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Savory Bread Pudding," 16 Aug. 2018 Many of you jumped on the modernized pressure cooker, Instant Pot, multicooker craze long ago, but for some of us (Todd A. Price and me, for instance,) the appliances made their debuts this Christmas. Ann Maloney, NOLA.com, "Get an Instant Pot for Christmas? Revisit this NYT user guide to multicookers," 9 Jan. 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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pressure cooker

noun

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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