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Definitions of pressure

  1. exert pressure on someone through threats
  2. 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"
  3. 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"
  4. a force that compels; " the public brought pressure to bear on the government"
  5. the somatic sensation of pressure; " the sensitivity of his skin to pressure and temperature was normal"
  6. an oppressive condition of physical or mental or social or economic distress
  7. to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means :" She forced him to take a job in the city"; " He squeezed her for information"
  8. Electro- motive force.
  9. The act of pressing, or the condition of being pressed; compression; a squeezing; a crushing; as, a pressure of the hand.
  10. 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.
  11. Affliction; distress; grievance.
  12. Urgency; as, the pressure of business.
  13. Impression; stamp; character impressed.
  14. 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.
  15. A heavy bearing down or pushing against; force or weight acting against anything; a force which drives ahead; as, to work under pressure; burden; urgent or insistent demand; as, the pressure of work.
  16. A stress or force acting in any direction against resistance.
  17. Act of pressing: a squeezing: the state of being pressed: impulse: constraining force: that which presses or afflicts: difficulties: urgency: ( physics) the action of force on something resisting it.
  18. Act of pressing; state of being pressed; urgency; force.
  19. The act of pressing, or the state of being pressed; urgency; rush.
  20. The act of pressing; the state of being pressed; force of one body acting on another; a constraining force or impulse; anything which oppresses; straits, or the distress accruing; urgency; impression.
  21. The force of one body acting on another by weight only, or by the continued application of power; a constraining force or impulse; that which straitens; urgency; difficulties; an impression.
  22. Tension in plant tissue caused by the turgidity of the cells.
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Usage examples for pressure

  1. This brings it on to the lever of that side, and the pressure of the foot drives the lever flush. – Boating by W. B. Woodgate Commentator: Harvey Mason
  2. Suddenly Ralph awoke, feeling a pressure on his chest. – Ralph Granger's Fortunes by William Perry Brown
  3. The waves, or the pressure of the water produced by the wind, might act on the hull for some time after we ceased to see it. – Jack Tier or The Florida Reef by James Fenimore Cooper
  4. It depends upon the nature of the materials of the earth; it depends upon the temperature; it depends upon the effect of pressure, and on other details not accurately known to us. – The Story of the Heavens by Robert Stawell Ball
  5. The pressure once removed, however, groups of Negroes long waiting for religious freedom found adequate opportunity for exercising it in the organization of numerous Baptist churches. – The History of the Negro Church by Carter Godwin Woodson
  6. It's a help; it takes the pressure off. – Joe Burke's Last Stand by John Moncure Wetterau
  7. I thought she returned the pressure. – The Confessions of Harry Lorrequer, Complete by Charles James Lever (1806-1872)
  8. Everybody's feet hurt and everybody's carrying a blood pressure that's bound to blow the roof off. – The Madness of May by Meredith Nicholson
  9. To return that pressure was not an act of little Miss Blythe's will. – IT and Other Stories by Gouverneur Morris
  10. " I thought it right to inform you- to give you warning- perhaps also to suggest to you that a retreat from your present position-" " I see- you thought it a means of bringing pressure to bear upon me? – The Case of Richard Meynell by Mrs. Humphrey Ward
  11. Great hummocks and pressure lines became less frequent. – My Attainment of the Pole by Frederick A. Cook
  12. Under pressure she let it out. – When Ghost Meets Ghost by William Frend De Morgan
  13. Undoubtedly- every pressure that the law will allow. – The Scarlet Feather by Houghton Townley
  14. Probably it sounds funny to you, but you haven't any idea what pressure six generations can bring to bear. – Youth Challenges by Clarence B Kelland
  15. It is only kept down by the pressure of the atmosphere above. – The Chemical History Of A Candle by Michael Faraday
  16. Occasionally pressure is brought to force a part owner out. – Commercialized Prostitution in New York City by George Jackson Kneeland
  17. What do you mean by pressure being brought? – Master Tales of Mystery, Volume 3 by Collected and Arranged by Francis J. Reynolds
  18. She let her hand find his, as they walked side by side, and gave it a little pressure. – The Landlord at Lion's Head, Complete by William Dean Howells Last Updated: February 27, 2009
  19. They snapped with the least pressure; slipped and fell if I pushed them, or stuck out into my clothing. – Roof and Meadow by Dallas Lore Sharp
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