pressurize

verb
pres·​sur·​ize | \ ˈpre-shə-ˌrīz How to pronounce pressurize (audio) \
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 How to pronounce pressurize (audio) \ 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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Recent Examples on the Web On Monday, an Air India plane carrying 328 oxygen concentrators, which pull oxygen from the air and pressurize it into higher concentrations for medical use, landed at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi airport from New York. Billy Perrigo, Time, 27 Apr. 2021 Both objects resemble Composite-Overwrapped Pressure Vessels, which are tanks that hold hydrogen at about 6,000 pounds per square inch to pressurize the propellant used in the rocket. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Apr. 2021 The superconducting magnet will trap and pressurize hydrogen to induce a powerful plasma reactor. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 25 Jan. 2021 In space travel, helium is used several ways, including to pressurize tanks of rocket fuel. Andrew E. Kramer New York Times, Star Tribune, 20 Dec. 2020 In space travel, helium is used several ways, including to pressurize tanks of rocket fuel. Andrew E. Kramer New York Times, Star Tribune, 20 Dec. 2020 These reactors use extraordinary magnets to pressurize elements into superhot plasma. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 25 Jan. 2021 In space travel, helium is used several ways, including to pressurize tanks of rocket fuel. Andrew E. Kramer New York Times, Star Tribune, 20 Dec. 2020 In space travel, helium is used several ways, including to pressurize tanks of rocket fuel. Andrew E. Kramer New York Times, Star Tribune, 20 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of pressurize

1938, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of pressurize was in 1938

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“Pressurize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pressurize. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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More Definitions for pressurize

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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