Definition of high-pressure in English:


Syllabification: high-pres·sure


  • A condition of the atmosphere in which the pressure is above average (e.g., in an anticyclone): the high pressure over Texas continues [as modifier]: a high-pressure system moving down from the north
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    • As a result, regions to the east of a high-pressure center often have northerly winds bringing in relatively cold air while regions to the west have southerly winds bringing in relatively warm air.
    • The rotating air mass creates a high-pressure system throughout the region.
    • Following the snow that had been falling, a high-pressure front moved into the area from the Atlantic on December the 18th.


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  • 1Involving or using much physical force: high-pressure jets of freezing water
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    • Aerosol cans come in all shapes and sizes, housing all kinds of materials, but they all work on the same basic concept: one high-pressure fluid expands to force another fluid through a nozzle.
    • Taking a hot bath and being pummelled by high-pressure underwater jets, surrounded by large numbers of other shower-capped individuals, has rarely felt so enticing as it does here.
    • They don't use mechanical drills but jets of high-pressure hot water, which can cut through the full 500 metre thickness of ice in 24 hours.
  • 2Involving a high degree of anxiety or stress: he worked in a high-pressure advertising job
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    • Mr. Corzine is hardly a stranger to high-pressure situations.
    • Human beings have a built-in response system to high-pressure situations.
    • Have undergone aviation style tests to ensure they won't explode under high pressure.
    demanding, stressful, nerve-racking, tense, pressured
  • 2.1(Of a salesperson or sales pitch) employing a high degree of coercion; insistent: high-pressure marketing tactics
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    • Boiler rooms are commonly used to describe sales offices equipped with banks of telephones that employ people who use high-pressure selling tactics.
    • The workmen, who were initially evasive about how much they would charge, used high-pressure selling tactics after calling at the pensioner's cottage uninvited.
    • Today, boiler rooms refer to unregulated companies that use high-pressure selling tactics to peddle dodgy shares by providing false or misleading information.
    forceful, insistent, persistent, pushy; intensive, high-powered, aggressive, coercive, compelling, not taking no for an answer

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