pressure

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See also: pressuré

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French, from Latin pressūra.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • enPR: prĕshʹ-ə(r), IPA(key): /ˈpɹɛʃə(ɹ)/
    • (UK) IPA(key): [ˈpɹɛʃ.ə(ɹ)]
    • (US) IPA(key): [ˈpɹɛʃ.ɚ]
    • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɛʃə(ɹ)
  • Hyphenation: pres‧sure

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.
  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 by Atterbury and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      In the midst of his great troubles and pressures.
    • 2020 May 20, Paul Bigland, “East London Line's renaissance”, in Rail, page 49:
      Thirty-five years ago, many journeys around London meant having to pass through the centre of the capital. That's no longer the case, which takes real pressure off the city's termini as well as underground routes such as the Circle Line.
  4. Urgency
    the pressure of business
  5. (obsolete) Impression; stamp; character impressed.
  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]

Borrowed from Latin pressūra.

Noun[edit]

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

  1. pressure (action or result of pressing)

Descendants[edit]

  • English: pressure