- 1The continuous physical force exerted on or against an object by something in contact with it: the slight extra pressure he applied to her handMore example sentences
- 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 psiMore example sentences
- 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.
- 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 looksMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2.1The influence or effect of someone or something: oil prices came under some downward pressureMore example sentences
- 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 worldMore example sentences
- 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.
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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 bankMore example sentences
- 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.
late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin pressura, from press- 'pressed', from the verb premere (see press1).