Definition of high pressure in English:

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high pressure

Pronunciation: /ˌhʌɪ ˈprɛʃə/


[mass noun]
A condition of the atmosphere in which the pressure is above average (e.g. in an anticyclone).
Example sentences
  • 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.


1Using or containing a gas or liquid subject to great pressure: high-pressure water jets
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  • Volkswagen uses unit injectors, in which a pump is attached to each injector, resulting in higher pressures.
  • Food will stay fresh for longer without losing its taste, thanks to high-pressure sterilisation.
  • Shooters can fill the compressed air tank from either a standard scuba tank or from a high-pressure hand pump.
2Involving a high degree of persuasion: high-pressure sales techniques
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  • Boiler room operators are very experienced in high-pressure selling techniques.
  • Thanks to high-pressure selling, seven out of ten loans are sold with PPI, which is hugely overpriced.
  • Against this backdrop, Cincinnati voters distinguished themselves by keeping their cool in the face of a high-pressure campaign to sell the road.
2.1Involving a great deal of anxiety or stress: a high-pressure 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.
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