- pressed for time,
- pressed glass,
- presser foot,
- pressing plant,
Origin of pressing
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of press1
verb (used with object)
Origin of press2
Examples from the Web for pressing
Pressing the dodge button at the right time causes her to temporarily burst into an invincible flock of crows.Bayonetta Is Nintendo’s Graphic, Ass-Kicking Barbie|Alec Kubas-Meyer|October 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It's not a problem not most of us have, but for those who do, it's a pressing social issue.
Alamuddin, 36, has a pressing work schedule back in London as well.After the Wedding: George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin in Venice|Barbie Latza Nadeau|September 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She was relentless in pressing her husband and other officials to take risks and do what was right for the country.
I saw our domestically focused agencies devote a substantial portion of their budgets to their pressing needs.Billie Holiday, Barack Obama, and the Pain of Black Women|Joshua DuBois|June 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The engine having proved itself indispensable, the demand for it was becoming great and pressing from various countries.James Watt|Andrew Carnegie
They sought each other with eager arms, clung together, pressing close, without further speech.The Patriot|Antonio Fogazzaro
A few words here will sufficiently convey my appeal, but those few must be pressing.To My Younger Brethren|Handley C. G. Moule
Finally he extended his arms and pressing them on his pallet tried to rise, but he could have lifted the earth as easily.The City of Delight|Elizabeth Miller
Emboldened by the effect of these measures, the King lost no time in pressing forward his designs against the Church.Andrew Melville|William Morison
- news media and agencies collectively, esp newspapers
- (as modifier)a press matter; press relations
Word Origin for press
Word Origin for press
"exerting pressure," mid-14c., present participle adjective from press (v.1). Sense of "urgent, compelling, forceful" is from 1705. Related: Pressingly.
c.1300, presse, "crowd, throng, company; crowding and jostling of a throng; a massing together," from Old French presse (n.) "throng, crush, crowd; wine or cheese press" (11c.), from Latin pressare (see press (v.1)). Late Old English had press "clothes press."
Meaning "device for pressing cloth" is from late 14c., as is also the sense "device to squeeze juice from grapes, oil from olives, cider from apples, etc.," from Middle French presse. Specific sense "machine for printing" is from 1530s; this was extended to publishing houses by 1570s and to publishing generally (in phrases like freedom of the press) from c.1680. This gradually shifted c.1800-1820 to "periodical publishing, journalism." The press, meaning "journalists collectively" is attested from 1921 (though superseded by media since the rise of television, etc.).
Press agent is from 1873; press conference is attested from 1931, though the thing itself dates to at least World War I. Press secretary is recorded from 1940. Via the sense "crowd, throng," Middle English in press meant "in public," a coincidental parallel to the modern phrase in the press. Weightlifting sense is from 1908. The basketball defense so called from 1959 (in full-court press).
"push against," early 14c., "to clasp, embrace;" mid-14c. "to squeeze out;" also "to cluster, gather in a crowd;" late 14c., "to press against, exert pressure," also "assault, assail;" also "forge ahead, push one's way, move forward," from Old French presser "squeeze, press upon; torture" (13c.), from Latin pressare "to press," frequentative formation from pressus, past participle of premere "to press, hold fast, cover, crowd, compress," from PIE *per- (4) "to strike." Related: Pressed; pressing. Figurative sense is from late 14c. Meaning "to urge, argue for" is from 1590s.
"force into service," 1570s, alteration (by association with press (v.1)) of prest (mid-14c.) "engage by loan, pay in advance," especially money paid to a soldier or sailor on enlisting, from Latin praestare "to stand out, stand before; fulfill, perform, provide," from prae- "before" (see pre-) + stare "to stand," from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet). Related to praesto (adv.) "ready, available." Related: Pressed; pressing.
In addition to the idioms beginning with press
- pressed for time
- press into service
- press on
- press one's luck
- press the flesh
- hard pressed
- hot off the press
- push (press) one's luck
- push (press) someone's buttons
Also see underpush.