Definition of pressure in English:

pressure

Syllabification: pres·sure
Pronunciation: /ˈpreSHər
 
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noun

1The continuous physical force exerted on or against an object by something in contact with it: the slight extra pressure he applied to her hand
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  • Usually the honey is extracted by crushing the comb and letting the honey drain out, often helped by extra pressure from a centrifuge.
  • This scissoring of the bones causes extra pressure to be forced upon the Carpal Tunnel.
  • Nikki took his foot in her lap and applied slight pressure to the tender spot.
1.1The force exerted per unit area: gas can be fed to the turbines at a pressure of around 250 psi
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  • The systems and methods apply positive and negative fluid pressures to operate the pump and valve.
  • As for the control, the resulting new steady-state pressures and reflection coefficients of the OPR were measured.
  • The peptides seem to form metastable films which can be compressed to relatively large surface pressures.
Synonyms
physical force, load, stress, thrust;
compression, weight
2The use of persuasion, influence, or intimidation to make someone do something: the proposals put pressure on Britain to drop its demand the many pressures on girls to worry about their looks
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  • The Government set up the new proposals following pressure from parents and others for greater standardisation of terms and holidays.
  • Furthermore, the patient must be free to make their decision without pressure, persuasion or threat.
  • Mr Daniels says it is time for people to put pressure on Government and business if they want to avoid a collapse in society as we know it.
Synonyms
coercion, force, compulsion, constraint, duress;
pestering, harassment, nagging, badgering, intimidation, arm-twisting, persuasion
2.1The influence or effect of someone or something: oil prices came under some downward pressure
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  • Second, it effectively concentrates downward pressure of the dollar onto the euro, adding to the problems of the Euro-zone.
  • It was felt that the unemployment situation had already placed downward pressure on wages in the town.
  • She realises now that financial pressure could have an influence on her game.
2.2The feeling of stressful urgency caused by the necessity of doing or achieving something, especially with limited time: you need to be able to work under pressure and not get flustered some offenders might find prison a refuge against the pressures of the outside world
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  • There's a new kind of pressure and an increased sense of urgency about dealing with problems.
  • It's the sharp end of the game, big city, big demands, big pressure - as a player that's the only place you ever wanted to be.
  • The stress and pressure of studying increases the body's demand for nutrients.
Synonyms
strain, stress, tension, trouble, difficulty
informal hassle

verb

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Attempt to persuade or coerce (someone) into doing something: it might now be possible to pressure him into resigning [with object and infinitive]: she pressured her son to accept a job offer from the bank
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  • She didn't want to do it but he pressured her and badgered her until she finally gave in.
  • Mr. Harvey had great expectations of his son, and pressured him to pursue the same career path.
  • To me, pressuring people to withdraw their support for the award is challenging the good faith of the body which chose the winner.
Synonyms
coerce, pressurize, put pressure on, press, push, persuade, force, bulldoze, hound, harass, nag, harry, badger, goad, pester, browbeat, bully, bludgeon, intimidate, dragoon, twist someone's arm, strong-arm
informal railroad, lean on, hustle

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin pressura, from press- 'pressed', from the verb premere (see press1).

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