And in recent weeks, concerns about the pressure cooker environment on some campuses have escalated.
I feel like there is no pressure because it is what it is now.
The Iranian government is now under more pressure than ever before, and that pressure is increasing.
Fourthly, and finally, as the pressure has mounted on Sarkozy, his behavior has become more erratic, not less.
Administrators feel the pressure from all sides, and blame the rankings for their transgressions.
It was with a very slender strength that he returned the pressure of Newman's hand.
In the pressure of business there is present safety and ultimate relief.
What is wanted is a constant moderate supply of water, keeping the pressure as nearly even as possible.
The pressure of her hand by her husband effaced all woes, present and future.
The heathen, as a general remark, exert themselves no oftener and no longer than they feel the pressure of present want.
late 14c., "suffering, anguish; act or fact of pressing on the mind or heart," from Old French presseure "oppression; torture; anguish; press" (for wine or cheeses), "instrument of torture" (12c.) and directly from Latin pressura "action of pressing," from pressus, past participle of premere "to press" (see press (v.1)).
Literal meaning "act or fact of pressing" in a physical sense is attested from early 15c. Meaning "moral or mental coercing force" is from 1620s; meaning "urgency" is from 1812. Scientific sense in physics is from 1650s. Pressure cooker is attested from 1915; figurative sense is from 1958. Pressure point is attested from 1876. Pressure-treated, of woods, is from 1911.
"to pressurize," 1886, American English, from pressure (n.). Meaning "to exert pressure on" (someone) is attested by 1922. Related: Pressured; pressuring.
pressure pres·sure (prěsh'ər)
The act of pressing or condition of being pressed.
A stress or force acting in any direction against resistance.
Force applied uniformly over a surface, measured as force per unit of area.
The force per unit area that one region of a gas, liquid, or solid exerts on another. Pressure is usually measured in Pascal units, atmospheres, or pounds per square inch. ◇ A substance is said to have negative pressure if some other substance exerts more force per unit area on it than vice versa. Its value is simply the negative of the pressure exerted by the other substance.