pressure

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French, from Latin pressūra.

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Noun[edit]

pressure (countable and uncountable, plural pressures)

  1. A pressing; a force applied to a surface.
    Apply pressure to the wound to stop the bleeding.
  2. A contrasting force or impulse of any kind
    the pressure of poverty; the pressure of taxes; the pressure of motives on the mind; the pressure of civilization.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Macaulay
      Where the pressure of danger was not felt.
  3. Distress.
    She has felt pressure lately because her boss expects her to get the job done by the first.
    • 1649, Eikon Basilike
      My people's pressures are grievous.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Atterbury
      In the midst of his great troubles and pressures.
  4. Urgency
    the pressure of business
  5. (obsolete) Impression; stamp; character impressed.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Shakespeare
      All saws of books, all forms, all pressures past.
  6. (physics) The amount of force that is applied over a given area divided by the size of this area.

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Verb[edit]

pressure (third-person singular simple present pressures, present participle pressuring, simple past and past participle pressured)

  1. (transitive) To encourage or heavily exert force or influence.
    Do not let anyone pressure you into buying something you do not want.

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French[edit]

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Verb[edit]

pressure

  1. first-person singular present indicative of pressurer
  2. third-person singular present indicative of pressurer
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of pressurer
  4. third-person singular present subjunctive of pressurer
  5. second-person singular imperative of pressurer

Latin[edit]

Participle[edit]

pressūre

  1. vocative masculine singular of pressūrus

Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Latin pressūra.

Noun[edit]

pressure f (oblique plural pressures, nominative singular pressure, nominative plural pressures)

  1. pressure (action or result of pressing)

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