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pressure British & World English

Continuous physical force exerted on or against an object by something in contact with it

pressure English Thesaurus

a confined gas exerts a constant pressure on the wall of its container

high pressure British & World English

A condition of the atmosphere in which the pressure is above average (e.g. in an anticyclone)

low pressure British & World English

A condition of the atmosphere in which the pressure is below average (e.g. in a depression)

peer pressure British & World English

Influence from members of one’s peer group

pressure hull British & World English

The inner hull of a submarine, in which approximately normal pressure is maintained when the vessel is submerged

pressure lamp British & World English

A portable oil or paraffin lamp in which the fuel is forced up into the mantle or burner by air pressure in the reservoir, which can be increased by pumping with a plunger

pressure suit British & World English

An inflatable suit that protects the wearer against low pressure, for example when flying at a high altitude

high-pressure English Thesaurus

unscrupulous salesmen using high-pressure tactics

blood pressure British & World English

The pressure of the blood in the circulatory system, often measured for diagnosis since it is closely related to the force and rate of the heartbeat and the diameter and elasticity of the arterial walls

cross-pressure British & World English

Expose (someone) to different, incompatible opinions

gauge pressure British & World English

The amount by which the pressure measured in a fluid exceeds that of the atmosphere

moral pressure British & World English

Persuasion that involves appealing to a person’s moral sense

pressure cooker British & World English

An airtight pot in which food can be cooked quickly under steam pressure

pressure gauge British & World English

An instrument showing the pressure of fluid

pressure group British & World English

A group that tries to influence public policy in the interest of a particular cause

pressure point British & World English

A point on the surface of the body sensitive to pressure

pressure vessel British & World English

A container designed to hold material at high pressures

sound pressure British & World English

The difference between the instantaneous pressure at a point in the presence of a sound wave and the static pressure of the medium

static pressure British & World English

The pressure of a fluid on a body when the latter is at rest relative to it

vapour pressure British & World English

The pressure of a vapour in contact with its liquid or solid form

critical pressure British & World English

The pressure of a gas or vapour in its critical state

osmotic pressure British & World English

The pressure that would have to be applied to a pure solvent to prevent it from passing into a given solution by osmosis, often used to express the concentration of the solution

partial pressure British & World English

The pressure that would be exerted by one of the gases in a mixture if it occupied the same volume on its own

positive pressure British & World English

Air or gas pressure greater than that of the atmosphere, as used e.g. in the artificial ventilation of the lungs

selection pressure British & World English

An agent of differential mortality or fertility that tends to make a population change genetically

atmospheric pressure British & World English

The pressure exerted by the weight of the atmosphere, which at sea level has a mean value of 101,325 pascals (roughly 14.6959 pounds per square inch)

centre of pressure British & World English

A point on a surface through which the resultant force due to pressure passes

centre of pressure in centre British & World English

A point on a surface through which the resultant force due to pressure passes


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