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Meaning & Definition of Pressure in English

English

Pressure

/prɛʃər/

noun

1. The force applied to a unit area of surface

  • Measured in pascals (si unit) or in dynes (cgs unit)
  • "The compressed gas exerts an increased pressure"
    synonym:
  • pressure
  • ,
  • pressure level
  • ,
  • force per unit area

2. A force that compels

  • "The public brought pressure to bear on the government"
    synonym:
  • pressure

3. The act of pressing

  • The exertion of pressure
  • "He gave the button a press"
  • "He used pressure to stop the bleeding"
  • "At the pressing of a button"
    synonym:
  • press
  • ,
  • pressure
  • ,
  • pressing

4. The state of demanding notice or attention

  • "The insistence of their hunger"
  • "The press of business matters"
    synonym:
  • imperativeness
  • ,
  • insistence
  • ,
  • insistency
  • ,
  • press
  • ,
  • pressure

5. The somatic sensation that results from applying force to an area of skin

  • "The sensitivity of his skin to pressure and temperature was normal"
    synonym:
  • pressure
  • ,
  • pressure sensation

6. An oppressive condition of physical or mental or social or economic distress

    synonym:
  • pressure

7. The pressure exerted by the atmosphere

    synonym:
  • atmospheric pressure
  • ,
  • air pressure
  • ,
  • pressure

verb

1. To cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means :"she forced him to take a job in the city"

  • "He squeezed her for information"
    synonym:
  • coerce
  • ,
  • hale
  • ,
  • squeeze
  • ,
  • pressure
  • ,
  • force

2. Exert pressure on someone through threats

    synonym:
  • blackmail
  • ,
  • blackjack
  • ,
  • pressure

Examples of using

Check the pressure of the tires.
I can't put any pressure on this foot yet.
Don't pressure Tom.