- the exertion of force upon a surface by an object, fluid, etc., in contact with it: the pressure of earth against a wall.
- Physics. force per unit area. Symbol: PCompare stress(def 6).
- Meteorology. atmospheric pressure.
- Electricity. electromotive force.
- the state of being pressed or compressed.
- harassment; oppression: the pressures of daily life.
- a constraining or compelling force or influence: the social pressures of city life; financial pressure.
- urgency, as of affairs or business: He works well under pressure.
- Obsolete. that which is impressed.
- to force (someone) toward a particular end; influence: They pressured him into accepting the contract.
Origin of pressure
Examples from the Web for pressured
He also denies that he pressured her to have an abortion, as she would contend.The Mystery Woman Who Tried to Outdo Dillinger
September 29, 2014
He pressured one woman to seek an abortion following their liaison.Why Do Voters Stick With Hypocrites Like Scott DesJarlais?
August 18, 2014
And yet the president declined to take this action two years ago, when he was pressured by major LGBT rights organizations.Obama Takes Gay Rights Into His Own Hands
June 16, 2014
Her employers have been pressured from above and have in turn demanded that she stop her advocacy work.Homophobia in Russia Is Taking a Kafkaesque Turn
June 9, 2014
No matter how scared she was, no matter how hard they pressured her, she continued to resist.The Day Monica Lewinsky Beat the Feds' Shakedown
May 8, 2014
He has been pressured into it by this Native Welfare government-within-the-Government.Oomphel in the Sky
Henry Beam Piper
Peter MacDonald said wryly, "We, too, were pressured into such a step."Adaptation
Dallas McCord Reynolds
Or perhaps there had been sound in the pressured atmosphere.Master of the Moondog
He has different ideas, and he can't be pressured by the bolos.The Five Arrows
He is pressured by the peaceful environment into becoming a criminal or a misfit.The Time Traders
- the state of pressing or being pressed
- the exertion of force by one body on the surface of another
- a moral force that compelsto bring pressure to bear
- an urgent claim or demand or series of urgent claims or demandsto work under pressure
- a burdensome condition that is hard to bearthe pressure of grief
- the normal force applied to a unit area of a surface, usually measured in pascals (newtons per square metre), millibars, torr, or atmospheresSymbol: p, P
- short for atmospheric pressure, blood pressure
- (tr) to constrain or compel, as by the application of moral force
- another word for pressurize
Word Origin and History for pressured
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.
- 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.