pressurize

verb
pres·​sur·​ize | \ ˈpre-shə-ˌrīz \
pressurized; pressurizing

Definition of pressurize

transitive verb

1 : to confine the contents of under a pressure greater than that of the outside atmosphere especially : to maintain near-normal atmospheric pressure in during high-altitude or spaceflight (as by means of a supercharger)
2 : to apply pressure to
3 : to design to withstand pressure

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Other Words from pressurize

pressurization \ ˌpre-​sh(ə-​)rə-​ˈzā-​shən \ noun
pressurizer noun

Examples of pressurize in a Sentence

A pump is used to pressurize the fuel. The system that pressurizes the airplane's cabin failed to operate correctly. Don't let them pressurize you to do anything you don't want to do.
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In response to a journalist question about Mars, Musk said his boring equipment could certainly be used to create pressurized, underground housing for humans on the planet. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Ars takes a first tour of the length of The Boring Company’s test tunnel," 19 Dec. 2018 That sensor registered low pressure, leading Columbia Gas to release a large amount of gas into the new plastic pipe to ensure it was fully pressurized. Jennifer Levitz, WSJ, "Overpressurized Pipes Faulted in Massachusetts Blasts," 11 Oct. 2018 All airplane cabins are pressurized to simulate the amount of pressure felt at 8,000 feet. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "This is what happens to your body when an airplane cabin isn’t pressurized," 21 Sep. 2018 So what happens to your body when an airplane cabin is not pressurized? Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "This is what happens to your body when an airplane cabin isn’t pressurized," 21 Sep. 2018 But warm beer and warm weather don't mix, so keep things cool and carbonated with this uKeg pressurized growler. Popular Mechanics Shop Team, Popular Mechanics, "Drink in Style With These Discounted Growlers," 12 July 2018 That’s because airplanes are pressurized so people can survive in the thin atmosphere at the tremendous heights where planes travel. Martin Finucane, BostonGlobe.com, "It’s extremely rare to get sucked out of an airplane window. But here’s how it would work," 17 May 2018 Another improvement: The cabin is pressurized to about 6,000 feet, Lee said. Catharine Hamm, latimes.com, "Singapore Airlines reintroducing nonstop LAX-Singapore flights," 11 July 2018 As of this writing, astronaut Jeff Williams is equalizing the pressure between the BEAM and ths ISS, but the habitat is stable after being sucessfully expanded and pressurized. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Watch NASA Inflate a New Room for the ISS Live (Updated)," 26 May 2016

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First Known Use of pressurize

1938, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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pressurize

verb

English Language Learners Definition of pressurize

: to press (something) tightly into a space or container

: to cause the air pressure inside (something, such as an airplane) to be the same as or close to the pressure of air on the Earth's surface

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