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Meaning of pressure by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Old French, from Latin pressūra .


    • enPR: prĕshʹ-ər, IPA: /ˈprɛʃər/, X-SAMPA: /"prES@r/
      • ( UK ) IPA: [ˈpɹɛʃ.ə( ɹ )], X-SAMPA: ["pr\ES.@( r\ )]
      • ( US ) IPA: [ˈpɹɛʃ.ɚ], X-SAMPA: ["pr\ES.@`]
    • Rhymes: -ɛʃə( r )
    • Hyphenation: pres‧sure


    pressure ( countable and uncountable; plural: pressures )

    1. ( physics ) The amount of force that is applied over a given area divided by the size of this area .
    2. A pressing; a force applied to a surface .
      Apply pressure to the wound to stop the bleeding .
    3. Mental strain caused by one's own or others' expectations on one's own performance
      She has been under pressure lately because her boss expects her to get the job done two weeks early .
      Synonyms - under the pump, under the gun


    • perusers

Explanation of pressure by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means :

    2. exert pressure on someone through threats

    1. the act of pressing

    2. he used pressure to stop the bleeding
    3. a force that compels

    4. the public brought pressure to bear on the government
    5. the somatic sensation that results from applying force to an area of skin

    6. the sensitivity of his skin to pressure and temperature was normal
    7. the pressure exerted by the atmosphere

    8. the force applied to a unit area of surface

    9. the compressed gas exerts an increased pressure
    10. the state of demanding notice or attention

    11. an oppressive condition of physical or mental or social or economic distress

    Definition of pressure by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Pressure ( ?; 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. Macaulay.

      3. Affliction; distress; grievance.

      My people's pressures are grievous. Eikon Basilike.

      In the midst of his great troubles and pressures. Atterbury.

      4. Urgency; as, “the pressure of business”.

      5. Impression; stamp; character impressed.

      All saws of books, all forms, all pressures past. Shak.

      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 amount upon a unit's area.

      7. Electro-motive force.

      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 manometer.