Definition of Pressure

1. Noun. The force applied to a unit area of surface; measured in pascals (SI unit) or in dynes (cgs unit). "The compressed gas exerts an increased pressure"

2. Verb. To cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means :. "They pressure him to write the letter"; "He squeezed her for information"

3. Noun. A force that compels. "The public brought pressure to bear on the government"
Generic synonyms: Force
Derivative terms: Press

4. Verb. Exert pressure on someone through threats. "They pressure him to write the letter"
Exact synonyms: Blackjack, Blackmail
Generic synonyms: Act Upon, Influence, Work
Derivative terms: Blackmail, Blackmailer

5. Noun. The act of pressing; the exertion of pressure. ; "At the pressing of a button"
Exact synonyms: Press, Pressing
Generic synonyms: Push, Pushing
Specialized synonyms: Impression, Compressing, Compression
Derivative terms: Press, Press, Press, Press, Press, Press, Press, Press, Press

6. Noun. The state of demanding notice or attention. "The press of business matters"
Exact synonyms: Imperativeness, Insistence, Insistency, Press
Generic synonyms: Urgency
Derivative terms: Imperative, Insistent, Insistent, Press

7. Noun. The somatic sensation that results from applying force to an area of skin. "The sensitivity of his skin to pressure and temperature was normal"

8. Noun. An oppressive condition of physical or mental or social or economic distress.
Generic synonyms: Distress

9. Noun. The pressure exerted by the atmosphere.

Definition of Pressure

1. n. The act of pressing, or the condition of being pressed; compression; a squeezing; a crushing; as, a pressure of the hand.

2. n. Electro-motive force.

Definition of Pressure

1. Noun. (physics) The amount of force that is applied over a given area divided by the size of this area. ¹

2. Noun. A pressing; a force applied to a surface. ¹

3. Noun. Mental strain caused by one's own or others' expectations on one's own performance ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To encourage or heavily exert force or influence. ¹

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Definition of Pressure

1. to apply force to [v -SURED, -SURING, -SURES]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Pressure

pressure (current term)
pressure-feed lubricating system
pressure bandage
pressure cabin
pressure cooker
pressure cookers
pressure dome
pressure feed
pressure gage
pressure gauge

Literary usage of Pressure

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Text-book of Physiology for Medical Students and Physicians by William Henry Howell (1911)
"any point the fall of pressure during inspiration will be ... At the end of an inspiration, if there is a pause, the pressure within the lungs again rises, ..."

2. A Text-book of Physiology for Medical Students and Physicians by William Henry Howell (1911)
"method we may take a simple problem such as the determination of the osmotic pressure of a 1 per cent, solution of cane-sugar. One gm. of H at atmospheric ..."

3. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"As the pressure in the inflated bag is released this sound is followed by a murmur ... At this instant the column of mercury shows the diastolic pressure. ..."

4. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1920)
"It liquefies at a temperature of 100° C, or 212° F., under a pressure of one atmosphere at the sea-level, namely, 14.7 pounds per square inch. ..."

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