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

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Examples of pressure cooker in a Sentence

The new boss has turned the office into a pressure cooker.
Recent Examples on the Web Inequality and joblessness have turned South Africa into a pressure cooker. Washington Post, 17 July 2021 Wild rice takes the longest of all rice but using a pressure cooker still cuts down the cooking time considerably. Lauren Corona,, 21 Mar. 2021 That pressure cooker appeared to burst early Wednesday when assassins stormed the president’s home in the hills of Port-au-Prince under the cover of darkness and shot him to death. Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times, 7 July 2021 The pressure cooker mode is what Instant Pots are best known for. Lauren Corona,, 22 Mar. 2021 This large 6qt instant pot pressure cooker also boasts 15 programmable modes for a huge variety of cooking options. Greta Good, Chron, 3 Mar. 2021 Speaking of multitaskers, this air fryer doubles as a pressure cooker and will save you from buying another cumbersome countertop appliance. Madison Trapkin, USA TODAY, 22 June 2021 Plenty of parents are very much not shopping for a hothouse prep school, and having a diverse variety of colleges on a list helps signal that a high school isn’t a pressure cooker or some kind of factory. New York Times, 7 May 2021 One notorious type is called a phreatic blast: Magma cooks overlying pockets of water, eventually triggering pressure cooker-like detonations. Quanta Magazine, 1 June 2021

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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 Jul 2021

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“Pressure cooker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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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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