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Meaning of PRESSURE

Pronunciation:  'preshur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of pressing; the exertion of pressure; "he gave the button a press"; "he used pressure to stop the bleeding"; "at the pressing of a button"
  2. [n]  a force that compels; "the public brought pressure to bear on the government"
  3. [n]  the somatic sensation of pressure; "the sensitivity of his skin to pressure and temperature was normal"
  4. [n]  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"
  5. [n]  the state of urgently demanding notice or attention; "the press of business matters"
  6. [n]  an oppressive condition of physical or mental or social or economic distress
  7. [v]  to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means :"She forced him to take a job in the city"
  8. [v]  exert pressure on someone through threats

PRESSURE is a 8 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: blackjack, blackmail, coerce, force, force per unit area, hale, imperativeness, insistence, insistency, press, press, pressing, pressure level, pressure sensation
 See Also: act, act upon, blood pressure, bludgeon, bring oneself, compel, compressing, compression, corpuscular-radiation pressure, decompressing, decompression, distress, dragoon, drive, force, gas pressure, head, hydrostatic head, impression, influence, instantaneous sound pressure, intraocular pressure, move, obligate, oblige, oil pressure, osmotic pressure, physical phenomenon, push, pushing, radiation pressure, railroad, sandbag, somaesthesia, somatesthesia, somatic sensation, somesthesia, sound pressure, squeeze for, steamroll, steamroller, suction, terrorise, terrorize, turn up the heat, turn up the pressure, urgency, vapor pressure, vapour pressure, work



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pres"sure\, n.
    Electro-motive force.
  2. \Pres"sure\ (?; 138), n. [OF., fr. L. pressura, fr.
    premere. See 4th {Press}.]
    1. The act of pressing, or the condition of being pressed;
       compression; a squeezing; a crushing; as, a pressure of
       the hand.
    2. A contrasting force or impulse of any kind; as, the
       pressure of poverty; the pressure of taxes; the pressure
       of motives on the mind; the pressure of civilization.
             Where the pressure of danger was not felt.
    3. Affliction; distress; grievance.
             My people's pressures are grievous.   --Eikon
             In the midst of his great troubles and pressures.
    4. Urgency; as, the pressure of business.
    5. Impression; stamp; character impressed.
             All saws of books, all forms, all pressures past.
    6. (Mech.) The action of a force against some obstacle or
       opposing force; a force in the nature of a thrust,
       distributed over a surface, often estimated with reference
       to the upon a unit's area.
    {Atmospheric pressure}, {Center of pressure}, etc. See under
       {Atmospheric}, {Center}, etc.
    {Back pressure} (Steam engine), pressure which resists the
       motion of the piston, as the pressure of exhaust steam
       which does not find free outlet.
    {Fluid pressure}, pressure like that exerted by a fluid. It
       is a thrust which is normal and equally intense in all
       directions around a point. --Rankine.
    {Pressure gauge}, a gauge for indicating fluid pressure; a