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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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.

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The pool is a pressure cooker of social expectations for women: to diet, shop, shave, tweeze, sculpt and tone. Amanda Hess, New York Times, "Women Crash the Pool Party," 3 July 2019 Savery exploited the inventions of Papin, particularly Papin’s steam digester (1679) and pressure cooker, in developing Newcomen’s engine. Charles A. Berg, The New York Review of Books, "Watt Nonsense," 6 June 2019 Into this pressure cooker walked Wasser, with a technique to measure the stress levels of northern spotted owls by analyzing their poop. Sandi Doughton, The Seattle Times, "Sam Wasser might be the ‘guru of doo-doo,’ but his research ignites serious passions," 19 May 2019 Here's a quick breakdown: A pressure cooker is... one of the most convenient ways to make a one-pot meal quickly. Betty Gold, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Instant Pot Models for You (and Your Budget)," 4 Jan. 2019 Press Sauté on an electric pressure cooker, adjust to medium, and heat oil. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Savory Bread Pudding," 16 Aug. 2018 First, the last month of the regular season in an extremely competitive West, in which a loss could drop a team four spots in the playoff race, prepared the Pelicans for Saturday's pressure cooker. Ron Higgins, NOLA.com, "Pelicans show in game one they are capable of winning the entire series," 15 Apr. 2018 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

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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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