Definitions of press

  1. ask for or request earnestly; " The prophet bid all people to become good persons"
  2. a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end; " he supported populist campaigns"; " they worked in the cause of world peace"; " the team was ready for a drive toward the pennant"; " the movement to end slavery"; " contributed to the war effort"
  3. a tall piece of furniture that provides storage space for clothes; has a door and rails or hooks for hanging clothes
  4. a dense crowd of people
  5. force or impel in an indicated direction; " I urged him to finish his studies"
  6. any machine that exerts pressure to form or shape or cut materials or extract liquids or compress solids
  7. a weightlift in which the barbell is lifted to shoulder height and then smoothly lifted overhead
  8. be urgent; " This is a pressing problem"
  9. 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"
  10. a machine used for printing
  11. clamp to prevent wooden rackets from warping when not in use
  12. printed matter in the form of newspapers or magazines
  13. make strenuous pushing movements during birth to expel the baby; "` Now push hard, ' said the doctor to the woman"
  14. to be oppressive or burdensome; " weigh heavily on the mind", " Something pressed on his mind"
  15. the gathering and publishing of news in the form of newspapers or magazines
  16. lift weights; " This guy can press 300 pounds"
  17. squeeze or press together; " she compressed her lips"; " the spasm contracted the muscle"
  18. place between two surfaces and apply weight or pressure; " pressed flowers"
  19. exert pressure or force to or upon; " He pressed down on the boards"; " press your thumb on this spot"
  20. press from a plastic; " press a record"
  21. create by pressing; " Press little holes into the soft clay"
  22. crowd closely; " The crowds pressed along the street"
  23. An East Indian insectivore ( Tupaia ferruginea). It is arboreal in its habits, and has a bushy tail. The fur is soft, and varies from rusty red to maroon and to brownish black.
  24. To force into service, particularly into naval service; to impress.
  25. A commission to force men into public service, particularly into the navy.
  26. To urge, or act upon, with force, as weight; to act upon by pushing or thrusting, in distinction from pulling; to crowd or compel by a gradual and continued exertion; to bear upon; to squeeze; to compress; as, we press the ground with the feet when we walk; we press the couch on which we repose; we press substances with the hands, fingers, or arms; we are pressed in a crowd.
  27. To squeeze, in order to extract the juice or contents of; to squeeze out, or express, from something.
  28. To squeeze in or with suitable instruments or apparatus, in order to compact, make dense, or smooth; as, to press cotton bales, paper, etc.; to smooth by ironing; as, to press clothes.
  29. To embrace closely; to hug.
  30. To oppress; to bear hard upon.
  31. To straiten; to distress; as, to be pressed with want or hunger.
  32. To exercise very powerful or irresistible influence upon or over; to constrain; to force; to compel.
  33. To try to force ( something upon some one); to urge or inculcate with earnestness or importunity; to enforce; as, to press divine truth on an audience.
  34. To drive with violence; to hurry; to urge on; to ply hard; as, to press a horse in a race.
  35. To exert pressure; to bear heavily; to push, crowd, or urge with steady force.
  36. To move on with urging and crowding; to make one's way with violence or effort; to bear onward forcibly; to crowd; to throng; to encroach.
  37. To urge with vehemence or importunity; to exert a strong or compelling influence; as, an argument presses upon the judgment.
  38. An apparatus or machine by which any substance or body is pressed, squeezed, stamped, or shaped, or by which an impression of a body is taken; sometimes, the place or building containing a press or presses.
  39. Specifically, a printing press.
  40. The art or business of printing and publishing; hence, printed publications, taken collectively, more especially newspapers or the persons employed in writing for them; as, a free press is a blessing, a licentious press is a curse.
  41. An upright case or closet for the safe keeping of articles; as, a clothes press.
  42. The act of pressing or thronging forward.
  43. Urgent demands of business or affairs; urgency; as, a press of engagements.
  44. A multitude of individuals crowded together; / crowd of single things; a throng.
  45. To bear heavily down upon; squeeze or crush strongly; hug or embrace; urge; compel; crowd upon; to force to hurry; make smooth, as cloth, etc.; formerly, to force for service into the navy.
  46. To bear heavily; move forward with steady force; as, to press on one's way; collect in throngs; crowd; to be urgent or insistent; as, time presses.
  47. An instrument or machine for condensing, crushing, etc.; a printing machine; newspaper and magazine literature; as, the power of the press; a crowd; a throng; act of crowding forward; pressure; urgency of affairs; a closet with shelves.
  48. To squeeze or crush strongly: to hug: to drive with violence: to bear heavily on: to distress: to urge: to inculcate with earnestness.
  49. To exert pressure: to push with force: to crowd: to go forward with violence: to urge with vehemence and importunity: to exert a strong influence.
  50. PRESSER.
  51. An instrument for squeezing bodies: a printing machine: the art or business of printing and publishing: act of urging forward: urgency: a crowd: a closet for holding articles,- THE PRESS, the literature of a country, esp. newspapers.
  52. ( orig.) To engage men by prest or earnest- money for the public service: to carry men off by violence to become soldiers or sailors.
  53. A machine for pressing; printing machine; newspapers collectively; urgency; crowd; cupboard.
  54. To exert pressure; crowd; go forward.
  55. To squeeze; crowd; urge.
  56. To crush; squeeze; compress; crowd; follow closely.
  57. To insist upon; urge.
  58. To smooth, as with an iron.
  59. To force into naval or military service.
  60. A crowd or crowding; throng.
  61. Hurry; urgency.
  62. A movable closet.
  63. A printing - press.
  64. Newspapers or periodicals collectively.
  65. An instrument or machine by which any body is squeezed or forced into a more compact form; a machine for printing; the art or business of printing and publishing; literature, especially newspaper literature; a crowd; the act of urging or pushing forward; urgency; a closet for the safe keeping of things. Press of sail, as much sail as the state of the wind will possibly permit. Liberty of the press. See Liberty.
  66. To urge with force or weight; to squeeze; to crush; to hurry; to enforce; to hug; to force into service; to straiten; to constrain; to urge; to make smooth, as paper or cloth.
  67. To urge forward with force; to encroach; to crowd; to push with force.
  68. An instr. or machine for compressing bodies; a printing- machine; the art or business of printing and publishing; the whole literature of a country- usually restricted to the literature of newspapers; a crowd; urgency; violent tendency; a small closet with shelves; a close, movable, wooden case having shelves; in Scrip., a wine- vat or cistern.
  69. To urge with force or weight; to crush or compress; to urge or enforce; to hurry; to overwork; to embrace closely; to force into a service, as the naval service- see prest; to distress or bear strongly on; to act with compulsive force; to go forward with impulsive eagerness; to crowd or throng; to urge with importunity; to push against.

Usage examples for press

  1. You know my reasons, and should not press me. – The Gamester (1753) by Edward Moore Commentator: Charles H. Peake Phillip R. Wikelund
  2. My business is not so much to try to prove Paul's words as to explain them, and then to press them home. – The Expositor's Bible: Colossians and Philemon by Alexander Maclaren
  3. He did not press her for the reason. – Mary Wollaston by Henry Kitchell Webster
  4. She was not sure, and she stepped forward to press the knife into his hand. – We Were There at the Oklahoma Land Run by James Arthur Kjelgaard
  5. Press it hard into the pots, and pour clarified butter over it. – The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches, by Mary Eaton
  6. And, you know, somehow the dark about me seemed to press coldly against my face. – Carnacki, The Ghost Finder by William Hope Hodgson
  7. Let this be made known to Press and People- the sooner the better! – Temporal Power by Marie Corelli
  8. He must have seen that I was determined, because after the first I thought he did not press me very hard. – Carmen's Messenger by Harold Bindloss
  9. It was not many days before John began to press me to let my uncle have his way: where was the good any longer, he said, in our not being married? – The Flight of the Shadow by George MacDonald
  10. " Then don't press her. – The Grell Mystery by Frank Froest
  11. He felt two burning hands press his own. – The Woman of Mystery by Maurice Leblanc
  12. Mamma cannot bear to press her, she is so kind and well- meaning; so do not for the world mention the matter to Dr. George. – Polly Oliver's Problem by Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin
  13. It is well to press them in books when they themselves have such fine stories to tell. – Arms and the Woman by Harold MacGrath
  14. Press it ever so little, and I shall know you would like a little reading. – Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley
  15. You cannot, must not, press her further; in the meantime we will see each other as often as possible"- " Four years!" – The Story Of Kennett by Bayard Taylor
  16. Then let me do it, father; and if you give me a note to the head of the press where Mitchell works, perhaps he would let me look round, and take a practical lesson in the business. – Littlebourne Lock by F. Bayford Harrison
  17. It was not expected that he would press his views to a division. – The Turnstile by A. E. W. (Alfred Edward Woodley) Mason
  18. It also brought the Order to the attention of the public press. – A History of Trade Unionism in the United States by Selig Perlman