[ presh-er ]
/ ˈprɛʃ ər /
See synonyms for: pressure / pressured / pressures / pressuring on


verb (used with object), pres·sured, pres·sur·ing.

to force (someone) toward a particular end; influence: They pressured him into accepting the contract.



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Origin of pressure

1350–1400; Middle English (noun) <Latin pressūra.See press1, -ure

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British Dictionary definitions for pressure

/ (ˈprɛʃə) /



(tr) to constrain or compel, as by the application of moral force
another word for pressurize

Derived forms of pressure

pressureless, adjective

Word Origin for pressure

C14: from Late Latin pressūra a pressing, from Latin premere to press
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Medical definitions for pressure

[ prĕshər ]


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.
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Scientific definitions for pressure

[ prĕshər ]

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.
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Cultural definitions for pressure


The force exerted on a given area. (See atmospheric pressure.)

notes for pressure

The most familiar measure of pressure is psi (pounds per square inch), used to rate pressure in automobile and bicycle tires.
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