What does pressure mean?

Definitions for pressure
ˈprɛʃ ərpres·sure

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pressure, pressure level, force per unit areanoun

    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. pressurenoun

    a force that compels

    "the public brought pressure to bear on the government"

  3. press, pressure, pressingnoun

    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, pressurenoun

    the state of demanding notice or attention

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

  5. pressure, pressure sensationnoun

    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. pressurenoun

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

  7. atmospheric pressure, air pressure, pressureverb

    the pressure exerted by the atmosphere

  8. coerce, hale, squeeze, pressure, forceverb

    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, pressureverb

    exert pressure on someone through threats

Wiktionary

  1. pressurenoun

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

    Units

  2. pressurenoun

    A pressing; a force applied to a surface.

    Apply pressure to the wound to stop the bleeding.

  3. pressurenoun

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

  4. pressureverb

    To encourage or heavily exert force or influence.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Pressurenoun

    Etymology: from press.

    The inequality of the pressure of parts appeareth in this; that if you take a body of stone, and another of wood of the same magnitude and shape, and throw them with equal force, you cannot throw the wood so far as the stone. Francis Bacon.

    Although the glasses were a little convex, yet this transparent spot was of a considerable breadth, which breadth seemed principally to proceed from the yielding inwards of the parts of the glasses, by reason of their mutual pressure. Newton.

    The blood flows through the vessels by the excess of the force of the heart above the incumbent pressure, which in fat people is excessive. Arbuthnot.

    A wise father ingenuously confessed, that those, which persuaded pressure of consciences, were commonly interested therein. Francis Bacon, Essays.

    Mine own and my people’s pressures are grievous, and peace would be very pleasing. Charles I .

    The genuine price of lands in England would be twenty years purchase, were it not for accidental pressures under which it labours. Josiah Child, Discourse of Trade.

    To this consideration he retreats, in the midst of all his pressures, with comfort; in this thought, notwithstanding the sad afflictions with which he was overwhelmed, he mightily exults. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.

    Excellent was the advice of Elephas to Job, in the midst of his great troubles and pressures, acquaint thyself now with God, and be at peace. Francis Atterbury.

    From my memory
    I’ll wipe away all trivial fond records,
    All saws of books, all forms, all pressures past,
    That youth and observation copy’d there. William Shakespeare.

Wikipedia

  1. Pressure

    Pressure (symbol: p or P) is the force applied perpendicular to the surface of an object per unit area over which that force is distributed.: 445  Gauge pressure (also spelled gage pressure) is the pressure relative to the ambient pressure. Various units are used to express pressure. Some of these derive from a unit of force divided by a unit of area; the SI unit of pressure, the pascal (Pa), for example, is one newton per square metre (N/m2); similarly, the pound-force per square inch (psi, symbol lbf/in2) is the traditional unit of pressure in the imperial and U.S. customary systems. Pressure may also be expressed in terms of standard atmospheric pressure; the atmosphere (atm) is equal to this pressure, and the torr is defined as 1⁄760 of this. Manometric units such as the centimetre of water, millimetre of mercury, and inch of mercury are used to express pressures in terms of the height of column of a particular fluid in a manometer.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pressurenoun

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

  2. Pressurenoun

    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. Pressurenoun

    affliction; distress; grievance

  4. Pressurenoun

    urgency; as, the pressure of business

  5. Pressurenoun

    impression; stamp; character impressed

  6. Pressurenoun

    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

  7. Etymology: [OF., fr. L. pressura, fr. premere. See 4th Press.]

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pressure

    presh′ūr, n. act of pressing or squeezing: the state of being pressed: impulse: constraining force or influence: that which presses or afflicts: difficulties: urgency: strong demand: (physics) the action of force on something resisting it.—Centre of pressure (see Centre). [O. Fr.,—L. pressurapremĕre, to press.]

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)).

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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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pressure in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pressure in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of pressure in a Sentence

  1. Julian Mulvey:

    What (Sanders) continues to say is we shouldn't jump the gun on impeachment. I think that's absolutely right, there's going to be increasing pressure to do so, but at this moment in time, that's not the Democratic message and that shouldn't be the core of the Dem message. He's right to hold people off of that.

  2. John Larson:

    We're putting pressure on lawmakers they haven't seen from us before.

  3. Richard Reid:

    Any one country trying to introduce gold plating of regulation in these areas can find the business moves somewhere else, in this case there would have to be something done at an EU level. You can always come up with moral suasion and EU guidelines, but sometimes just turning the spotlight on one centre can bring pressure on that particular regime.

  4. Scott Young:

    We feel that we do have enough strength and enough men to balance that out, you don’t want to go too much in one direction either way, but we feel that we’re going to be fast, we feel we’re going to be able to pressure teams and play a really fast and we feel that we have a lot of skill. When games get a little bigger, stronger, rougher, we’ve got some big, strong guys, too.

  5. Donald Tusk:

    Europe should support Israel - not pressure Israel, not attack Israel, but support Israel, which is the only real shield that Europe and the Middle East have against extremist Islam, which is surging.

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