pressing

[ pres-ing ]
/ ˈprɛs ɪŋ /

adjective

urgent; demanding immediate attention: a pressing need.

noun

any phonograph record produced in a record-molding press from a master or a stamper.
a number of such records produced at one time: The fifth pressing of his hit song has sold out.

Origin of pressing

1300–50; Middle English presing (gerund); see press1, -ing2, -ing1

Related forms

press·ing·ly, adverbpress·ing·ness, nounnon·press·ing, adjective

Definition for pressing (2 of 3)

press

1
[ pres ]
/ prɛs /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

noun

Origin of press

1
1175–1225; (noun) Middle English press(e) throng, company, trouble, machine for pressing, clothespress < Old French, derivative of presser to press < Latin pressāre, frequentative of premere (past participle pressus) to press (compare rare Old English press clothespress < Medieval Latin pressa, noun use of feminine of pressus); (v.) Middle English pressen (< Old French presser) < Latin pressāre, as above

Related forms

press·a·ble, adjective

Definition for pressing (3 of 3)

press

2
[ pres ]
/ prɛs /

verb (used with object)

to force into service, especially naval or military service; impress.
to make use of in a manner different from that intended or desired: French taxis were pressed into service as troop transports.

noun

impressment into service, especially naval or military service.

Origin of press

2
1535–45; back formation from prest, past participle of obsolete prest to take (men) for military service, v. use of prest2 in sense “enlistment money”
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British Dictionary definitions for pressing (1 of 3)

pressing

/ (ˈprɛsɪŋ) /

adjective

demanding immediate attention
persistent or importunate

noun

a large specified number of gramophone records produced at one time from a master record
a component formed in a press
football the tactic of trying to stay very close to the opposition when they are in possession of the ball

Derived Forms

pressingly, adverbpressingness, noun

British Dictionary definitions for pressing (2 of 3)

press

1
/ (prɛs) /

verb

noun

Word Origin for press

C14 pressen, from Old French presser, from Latin pressāre, from premere to press

British Dictionary definitions for pressing (3 of 3)

press

2
/ (prɛs) /

verb (tr)

to recruit (men) by forcible measures for military service
to use for a purpose other than intended, (esp in the phrase press into service)

noun

recruitment into military service by forcible measures, as by a press gang

Word Origin for press

C16: back formation from prest to recruit soldiers; see prest ²; also influenced by press 1
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Idioms and Phrases with pressing

press


In addition to the idioms beginning with press

  • pressed for time
  • press into service
  • press on
  • press one's luck
  • press the flesh

also see:

  • hard pressed
  • hot off the press
  • push (press) one's luck
  • push (press) someone's buttons

Also see underpush.

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