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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 state of urgently demanding notice or attention; " the press of business matters"
  4. 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"
  5. a force that compels; " the public brought pressure to bear on the government"
  6. the somatic sensation of pressure; " the sensitivity of his skin to pressure and temperature was normal"
  7. an oppressive condition of physical or mental or social or economic distress
  8. 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"
  9. Electro- motive force.
  10. The act of pressing, or the condition of being pressed; compression; a squeezing; a crushing; as, a pressure of the hand.
  11. 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.
  12. Affliction; distress; grievance.
  13. Urgency; as, the pressure of business.
  14. Impression; stamp; character impressed.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. A stress or force acting in any direction against resistance.
  18. 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.
  19. Act of pressing; state of being pressed; urgency; force.
  20. The act of pressing, or the state of being pressed; urgency; rush.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. Tension in plant tissue caused by the turgidity of the cells.
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Quotes of pressure

  1. The majors, they have to control the distribution, the record outlets, the radio and, in some cases, even the venues. And downloading and pirating have also put pressure on the majors. – Roy Ayers
  2. A lot of directors don't want the pressure of a movie the size of Pearl Harbor. But I love it. I thrive on it. – Michael Bay
  3. Everyting negative- pressure challenges- is all an opportunity for me to rise. – Kobe Bryant
  4. I've never... when I was having songs on the airwaves, and that sort of thing, I never felt a sense of pressure anywhere except from myself, to do things the way I wanted to do them; to feel authentic; to feel like I was presenting my true self to the world. – Mary Chapin Carpenter
  5. Recent studies have revealed that children 8 -10 years old are being diagnosed with Type II diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure at an alarming rate. – Lee Haney
  6. There's a problem with political polling in that you have so much pressure to do what your client wants you to do and say what your client wants you to say. I've never felt that pressure I am independent of the political parties. – Frank Luntz
  7. My attitude on skis is different now. I have learned to put less pressure on myself and on the edges of my skis when I'm racing, to be keep myself more under control. – Hermann Maier
  8. I want to work with great directors and try not to put too much pressure on myself and just read things for the story and recognize when I'm drawn to something for the right reasons and try to maintain some sanity. – Rachel McAdams
  9. When you grow up on camera and in the public eye, you feel you have to put forth this image. I just took that to the extreme and there was a lot of pressure on me. – Shannon Miller
  10. The pressure was if I didn't get into that dress size someone else would- someone else would get the job. – Carre Otis
  11. It was a lot of pressure but I loved working with Tim and I loved working with Adrian. – Elizabeth Pena
  12. A month after the scandal broke, I tried to go back to work at the pharmaceutical company after a leave of absence. But because of all the publicity and resulting pressure and stress, I finally resigned. – Donna Rice
  13. And then, looking back at my first Olympics, and when the pressure was on, in '94 and '98, and looking back and going, wow. I sensed and felt what Brian had gone through. – Elvis Stojko
  14. In America, through pressure of conformity, there is freedom of choice, but nothing to choose from. – Peter Ustinov
  15. I told the students that we can exert pressure without resorting to violence, and that we can move towards democracy without violence; that way, God will allow it. – Abdurrahman Wahid

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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