verb (used with object), pres·sured, pres·sur·ing.
Origin of pressure
Examples from the Web for pressure
Contemporary Examples of pressure
The 2014 midterm elections are just months behind us, but already Flake feels the pressure of the 2016 presidential elections.Can This Republican Bring the GOP Back to Its Senses on Immigration?
December 29, 2014
Does any of that come from being attuned to the pressure of that need to entertain?Daphne Merkin on Lena Dunham, Book Criticism, and Self-Examination
December 26, 2014
The pressure worked against Zarif and it can work again today.Behind Bars for the Holidays: 11 Political Prisoners We Want to See Free In 2015
December 25, 2014
It's a lot of pressure on host/producer Sarah Koenig, something she addresses in the beginning of the episode.What if 'Serial' Has No Ending?
Alex Chancey, The Daily Beast Video
December 18, 2014
The pressure against my throat seemed completely constricting.Mailer’s Letters Pack a Punch and a Surprising Degree of Sweetness
Ronald K. Fried
December 14, 2014
Historical Examples of pressure
And considering the pressure of the necessary preparation for schools, the temptation to shun the byways is very great.An American at Oxford
If the temperature is raised still higher, or the pressure is reduced, oxygen is given off and the oxide is once more formed.An Elementary Study of Chemistry
Pressure was put upon the Highlanders to bring the negotiation to a conclusion.A History of England, Period III.
Rev. J. Franck Bright
It was she, surely, who had spoken first, when she begged to be released from his pressure.The Eustace Diamonds
The gauge is attached to the gas burner and the pressure is read by means of a scale attached to the gauge.General Science
Bertha M. Clark
Word Origin for pressure
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.