Definition of pressure in English:


Syllabification: pres·sure
Pronunciation: /ˈpreSHər


  • 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.
    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.
    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.
    strain, stress, tension, trouble, difficulty
    informal hassle


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

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