Definition of pressurize
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
pressurizationplay \ˌpre-sh(ə-)rə-ˈzā-shən\ 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.
Recent Examples of pressurize from the Web
The cabin is pressurized to no more than 8,000 feet; therefore, a soda can or bag of chips is no more likely to rupture than if it were sent up to a town in the mountains above 8,000 feet.
Pressurizing supercritical CO2 is much harder than liquid water and takes far more energy.
The magma intruding Eyjafjallajökull was a series of sills that pressurized the magmatic system over many months to years.
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First Known Use of pressurize
PRESSURIZE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of pressurize for English Language Learners
: 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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