Definitions for pressureˈprɛʃ ər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pres•sureˈprɛʃ ər(n.; v.)-sured, -sur•ing.

  1. (n.)the exertion of force upon a surface by an object, fluid, etc., in contact with it.

  2. Physics. force per unit area.

    Category: Physics

    Ref: Symbol: P 3 5 2

  3. the state of being pressed or compressed.

  4. harassment; oppression; stress:

    the pressures of daily life.

  5. a constraining or compelling force or influence:

    social pressures.

  6. urgency, as of affairs or business:

    He works well under pressure.

  7. Category: Meteorology

    Ref: atmospheric pressure.

  8. Category: Medicine

    Ref: blood pressure.

  9. (v.t.)to force toward a particular end by exerting a constraining or compelling influence; coerce:

    They pressured him into accepting.

  10. to pressurize.

Origin of pressure:

1350–1400; ME (n.) < L pressūra. See press1, -ure

Princeton's WordNet

  1. pressure, pressure level, force per unit area(noun)

    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"

  2. pressure(noun)

    a force that compels

    "the public brought pressure to bear on the government"

  3. press, pressure, pressing(noun)

    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"

  4. imperativeness, insistence, insistency, press, pressure(noun)

    the state of demanding notice or attention

    "the insistence of their hunger"; "the press of business matters"

  5. pressure, pressure sensation(noun)

    the somatic sensation that results from applying force to an area of skin

    "the sensitivity of his skin to pressure and temperature was normal"

  6. pressure(noun)

    an oppressive condition of physical or mental or social or economic distress

  7. atmospheric pressure, air pressure, pressure(verb)

    the pressure exerted by the atmosphere

  8. coerce, hale, squeeze, pressure, force(verb)

    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"

  9. blackmail, blackjack, pressure(verb)

    exert pressure on someone through threats

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. pressure(noun)ˈprɛʃ ər

    repeated demands or attempts to persuade

    diplomats putting pressure on the government's leaders

  2. pressureˈprɛʃ ər

    dealing with pressure

    Employees are under a lot of pressure to work quickly.

  3. pressureˈprɛʃ ər

    the feeling produced by too much work or worry

    the pressures of her job

  4. pressureˈprɛʃ ər

    dealing with pressure

    Do you perform well under pressure?

  5. pressureˈprɛʃ ər

    the force of one thing pushing on another

    Put pressure on the wound to stop the bleeding.

  6. pressureˈprɛʃ ər

    the force that liquid or gas produces

    Pressure builds up in the pipes.; Check your tire pressure.

  7. pressure(verb)ˈprɛʃ ər

    to demand or try to persuade

    The group is pressuring the city to reopen the case.


  1. pressure(Noun)

    The amount of force that is applied over a given area divided by the size of this area.


  2. pressure(Noun)

    A pressing; a force applied to a surface.

    Apply pressure to the wound to stop the bleeding.

  3. pressure(Noun)

    Mental strain caused by one's own or others' expectations on one's own performance

  4. pressure(Verb)

    To encourage or heavily exert force or influence.

    Do not let anyone pressure you into buying something you do not want.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pressure(noun)

    the act of pressing, or the condition of being pressed; compression; a squeezing; a crushing; as, a pressure of the hand

  2. Pressure(noun)

    a contrasting force or impulse of any kind; as, the pressure of poverty; the pressure of taxes; the pressure of motives on the mind; the pressure of civilization

  3. Pressure(noun)

    affliction; distress; grievance

  4. Pressure(noun)

    urgency; as, the pressure of business

  5. Pressure(noun)

    impression; stamp; character impressed

  6. Pressure(noun)

    the action of a force against some obstacle or opposing force; a force in the nature of a thrust, distributed over a surface, often estimated with reference to the upon a unit's area


  1. Pressure

    Pressure is the ratio of force to the area over which that force is distributed. Pressure is force per unit area applied in a direction perpendicular to the surface of an object. Gauge pressure is the pressure relative to the local atmospheric or ambient pressure. Pressure is measured in any unit of force divided by any unit of area. The SI unit of pressure is which is called the pascal after the seventeenth-century philosopher and scientist Blaise Pascal. A pressure of 1 Pa is small; it approximately equals the pressure exerted by a dollar bill resting flat on a table. Everyday pressures are often stated in kilopascals.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Pressure

    A type of stress exerted uniformly in all directions. Its measure is the force exerted per unit area. (McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms, 6th ed)

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Pressure

    Force or stress exerted directly against any surface. Its dimensions are force/area or ((M*L)/(T^2)) / (L^2) = M/(L* (T^2)).

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'pressure' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #828

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'pressure' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1037

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'pressure' in Nouns Frequency: #280

Anagrams of pressure

  1. perusers

Translations for pressure

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(the amount of force exerted by) the action of pressing

to apply pressure to a cut to stop bleeding; A barometer measures atmospheric pressure.

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