Definitions of press

  1. To urge forward with force; to encroach; to crowd; to push with force.
  2. To crush; squeeze; compress; crowd; follow closely.
  3. To insist upon; urge.
  4. To smooth, as with an iron.
  5. To force into naval or military service.
  6. 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.
  7. To squeeze or crush strongly: to hug: to drive with violence: to bear heavily on: to distress: to urge: to inculcate with earnestness.
  8. ( orig.) To engage men by prest or earnest- money for the public service: to carry men off by violence to become soldiers or sailors.
  9. To squeeze; crowd; urge.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. To exert pressure; crowd; go forward.
  13. ask for or request earnestly; " The prophet bid all people to become good persons"
  14. be urgent; " This is a pressing problem"
  15. make strenuous pushing movements during birth to expel the baby; "` Now push hard, ' said the doctor to the woman"
  16. to be oppressive or burdensome; " weigh heavily on the mind", " Something pressed on his mind"
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. a tall piece of furniture that provides storage space for clothes; has a door and rails or hooks for hanging clothes
  20. any machine that exerts pressure to form or shape or cut materials or extract liquids or compress solids
  21. a weightlift in which the barbell is lifted to shoulder height and then smoothly lifted overhead
  22. clamp to prevent wooden rackets from warping when not in use
  23. the gathering and publishing of news in the form of newspapers or magazines
  24. lift weights; " This guy can press 300 pounds"
  25. place between two surfaces and apply weight or pressure; " pressed flowers"
  26. exert pressure or force to or upon; " He pressed down on the boards"; " press your thumb on this spot"
  27. press from a plastic; " press a record"
  28. create by pressing; " Press little holes into the soft clay"
  29. crowd closely; " The crowds pressed along the street"
  30. 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.
  31. To force into service, particularly into naval service; to impress.
  32. A commission to force men into public service, particularly into the navy.
  33. 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.
  34. To squeeze, in order to extract the juice or contents of; to squeeze out, or express, from something.
  35. 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.
  36. To embrace closely; to hug.
  37. To oppress; to bear hard upon.
  38. To straiten; to distress; as, to be pressed with want or hunger.
  39. To exercise very powerful or irresistible influence upon or over; to constrain; to force; to compel.
  40. 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.
  41. To drive with violence; to hurry; to urge on; to ply hard; as, to press a horse in a race.
  42. To exert pressure; to bear heavily; to push, crowd, or urge with steady force.
  43. 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.
  44. To urge with vehemence or importunity; to exert a strong or compelling influence; as, an argument presses upon the judgment.
  45. 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.
  46. Specifically, a printing press.
  47. 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.
  48. An upright case or closet for the safe keeping of articles; as, a clothes press.
  49. The act of pressing or thronging forward.
  50. Urgent demands of business or affairs; urgency; as, a press of engagements.
  51. A multitude of individuals crowded together; / crowd of single things; a throng.
  52. 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.
  53. PRESSER.
  54. 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.
  55. A machine for pressing; printing machine; newspapers collectively; urgency; crowd; cupboard.
  56. A crowd or crowding; throng.
  57. Hurry; urgency.
  58. A movable closet.
  59. A printing - press.
  60. Newspapers or periodicals collectively.
  61. 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.
  62. 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.