pressurized

[presh-uh-rahyzd]
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adjective
  1. brought to and maintained at an atmospheric pressure higher than that of the surroundings: cooking with pressurized steam.
  2. maintained at an air pressure comfortable for breathing: a pressurized cabin and cockpit; a pressurized suit for diving.
  3. Informal. subject or subjected to undue pressure or harassment: the pressurized milieu of big business.

Origin of pressurized

First recorded in 1935–40; pressurize + -ed2
Related formsun·pres·sur·ized, adjective

pressurize

[presh-uh-rahyz]
verb (used with object), pres·sur·ized, pres·sur·iz·ing.
  1. to raise the internal atmospheric pressure of to the required or desired level: to pressurize an astronaut's spacesuit before a walk in space.
  2. to maintain normal air pressure in (the cockpit or cabin of an airplane) at high altitudes.
  3. to apply pressure to (a gas or liquid); supercharge.
  4. to pressure-cook.
Also especially British, pres·sur·ise.

Origin of pressurize

First recorded in 1940–45; pressure + -ize
Related formspres·sur·iz·er, nounre·pres·su·rize, verb, re·pres·su·rized, re·pres·su·riz·ing.
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pressurize

pressurise

verb (tr)
  1. to increase the pressure in (an enclosure, such as an aircraft cabin) in order to maintain approximately atmospheric pressure when the external pressure is low
  2. to increase pressure on (a fluid)
  3. to make insistent demands of (someone); coerce
Derived Formspressurization or pressurisation, nounpressurizer or pressuriser, noun
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Word Origin and History for pressurized

pressurize

v.

1938 (implied in pressurized), from pressure (n.) + -ize. Related: Pressurizing.

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