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

Simply brown ground beef in the pressure cooker then add the remaining ingredients, lock the lid in place and in less than 20 minutes, dinner is done. Lauren Salkeld, NBC News, "Beat the heat with these no-oven dinners for your Instant Pot, slow cooker, air fryer and more," 7 Aug. 2019 Instant Pot Duo 60 6-Qt 7-in-1 electric pressure cooker for $59.99 at Amazon (normally $74.99). Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "Dealmaster: Grab another year of PlayStation Plus for $40," 6 Aug. 2019 Amazon Prime Day 2019 is here, and as everyone expected, Instant Pot, the internet-viral do-it-all pressure cooker that broke Prime Day sales records last year, is on sale again. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "It’s not too late to jump on the Instant Pot bandwagon," 15 July 2019 Most of our veteran players have been in the pressure cooker in huge moments. Houston Mitchell,, "The Sports Report: U.S. gets lucky against Spain," 25 June 2019 Cooking barley in your pressure cooker will cut down on prep time for this meat-free main. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Barley Salad with Strawberries and Buttermilk Dressing," 29 Apr. 2019 The altitude chambers were like big pressure cookers that were pumped down to low pressure rather than overpressurized. Kathryn Tully, Smithsonian, "At 21, Ann Montgomery Became a Lead Engineer at NASA, Managing the Cameras and Other Crucial Gear Used on the Moon," 1 Apr. 2012 The Instant Pot Duo Plus 60 6-quart pressure cooker is $55.99 for Amazon Prime Day 2019. Cameron Faulkner, The Verge, "The Instant Pot Duo Plus 60 is $15 off for Prime Day 2019," 15 July 2019 The original 6-quart pressure cooker is back for $59.99, while, impressively, the more advanced version, the Instant Pot Duo Plus, is now going for $55.99. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "It’s not too late to jump on the Instant Pot bandwagon," 15 July 2019

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

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