Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of pressing.
  • n. The condition of being pressed.
  • n. The application of continuous force by one body on another that it is touching; compression.
  • n. Physics Force applied uniformly over a surface, measured as force per unit of area.
  • n. Meteorology Atmospheric pressure.
  • n. A compelling or constraining influence, such as a moral force, on the mind or will: pressure to conform; peer-group pressure.
  • n. Urgent claim or demand: under the pressure of business; doesn't work well under pressure.
  • n. An oppressive condition of physical, mental, social, or economic distress.
  • n. A physical sensation produced by compression of a part of the body.
  • n. Archaic A mark made by application of force or weight; an impression.
  • transitive v. To force, as by overpowering influence or persuasion.
  • transitive v. To pressurize.
  • transitive v. To pressure-cook.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A pressing; a force applied to a surface.
  • n. A contrasting force or impulse of any kind
  • n. Distress.
  • n. Urgency
  • n. Impression; stamp; character impressed.
  • n. The amount of force that is applied over a given area divided by the size of this area.
  • v. To encourage or heavily exert force or influence.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of pressing, or the condition of being pressed; compression; a squeezing; a crushing.
  • n. A contrasting force or impulse of any kind
  • n. Affliction; distress; grievance.
  • n. Urgency.
  • n. Impression; stamp; character impressed.
  • n. The action of a force against some obstacle or opposing force; a force in the nature of a thrust, distributed over a surface, often estimated with reference to the amount upon a unit's area.
  • n. Electro-motive force.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of pressing; the exertion of force by pressing; the state of being pressed.
  • n. In mech.: An equilibrated force.
  • n. A force per unit area exerted over the surface of a body or part of a body, and toward the interior of the body.
  • n. Stress in general, being either thrust, pull, or shearing stress. For axis of pressure, conjugate pressure, and other phrases where pressure means stress, see the latter word.
  • n. The action of moral force; exertion of authority or influence; compulsion; a constraining influence or impulse.
  • n. Weight upon the mind; burdensomeness; oppressiveness; also, burden; oppression.
  • n. Urgency; demand on one's time or energies; need for prompt or decisive action: as, the pressure of business.
  • n. Impression; stamp; character impressed.
  • n. Specifically, in hydrostatics, that point of a plane, or of the side of a vessel containing a liquid, to which if a force were applied equal to the total pressure and in the opposite direction, it would exactly balance the total pressure.
  • n. Figuratively, a high degree of mental tension.
  • n. In electricity, a term sometimes used for voltage, electromotive force, or difference of potential.
  • n. In psychology, the specific quality of sensation furnished by the pressure-spots of the skin and by the organs of the articular sensitivity; pressure-sensation.
  • n. The intrinsic pressure K is , where σ is the density of the fluid and (ψ)z is the attraction of an infinite layer of a fluid of unit density, bounded by a plane, upon a unit mass at a distance z from the plane.
  • n. In a compressor, the pressure of the air or gas at the end of the stroke after it is compressed.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the somatic sensation that results from applying force to an area of skin
  • n. the force applied to a unit area of surface; measured in pascals (SI unit) or in dynes (cgs unit)
  • v. to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means :
  • n. the act of pressing; the exertion of pressure
  • n. the state of demanding notice or attention
  • n. the pressure exerted by the atmosphere
  • v. exert pressure on someone through threats
  • n. an oppressive condition of physical or mental or social or economic distress
  • n. a force that compels

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from Latin pressūra, from pressus, past participle of premere, to press; see per-4 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French, from Latin pressūra. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Throughout this book, the term pressure refers to those features of a situation that may be problematic for the individual and that amount to demands for adaptation of some kind.

    Stress and the Manager

  • This kind of extreme drop in pressure is referred to as "explosive cyclogenesis" or "bombogenesis"

    Midwest storm by the numbers

  • In Mexico, the usual cut in pressure is 20 lbs but with newer places they are jacking it up to 30lbs per sq. inch.

    Water Pressure Systems

  • If the cut in pressure is NOT at least 18 lbs per sq. inch, take a bicycle pump or an electric air pump and put that amount of air into the top of the tank.

    Water Pressure Systems

  • Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp saw his team move within striking distance of the top of the table and then declared that all the title pressure is on both Manchester clubs.

    Evening Standard - Home

  • Arsenal haven't lost at Villa Park since 1998 so can the Gunners keep up the title pressure with another victory over Aston Villa?

    World Soccer News

  • Defender Jamie Carragher has demanded Liverpool take maximum points from Saturday's meeting with Fulham in order to increase the title pressure on Manchester United ....

    4thegame.com: Latest Barclays Premier League News

  • Don't forget that big G and Yahoo are US-based companies and they both do not have perfect records of bending over to big brother when the pressure is applied.

    Break Google’s Monopoly On Your Data: Switch To Yahoo Search | Lifehacker Australia

  • Mr. Brown: As gold continues to match the dollar weakness with strength, potential short sellers are nervous about getting involved meaning that the pressure is all to the upside.

    ProSpreads

  • SAA: I think the pressure is the same — at least it feels the same.

    Writer Unboxed » Blog Archive » Interview: Sarah Addison Allen, Part 2

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  • Some samples from the Omnificent English Dictionary In Limerick Form.
    Air pressure is often wind's source,
    Causing breezes or gales of great force
    Where high pressure meets low
    (With a circular flow);
    Not a thing we do alters its course.

    December 20, 2009

  • I can't. I just can't. It's psoriasis.

    November 14, 2008

  • Oooh, reesetee, look at the definition. Measurement units!

    November 14, 2008

  • Yes. You are both gloriously stoopid dooshes. And we love you for it. :-)

    November 14, 2008

  • Aww, elgiad.... *wipes tear*

    Sadly, I think you might not only be stoopid, but a doosh, like me.

    November 14, 2008

  • Bonniee (or whatever you call yourself after John locks you out again),

    It is a common fallacy of internet users to believe that their input into the system is somehow absorbed into a great ether, never to be seen or have any repercussions. It is also naive to believe that using a false name to log into a web site will totally obscure your true identity. While I do not speak for Wordie.org or it's creators, I will offer my thoughts here and let you dwell on them (if you are capable of such a thing).

    You don't seem to realize that there is a direct path leading to you, and, if one were so inclined, could lead to litigations against you (people have been sued for lesser and more ridiculous things).

    As we all now know, your school's intranet does not permit you to visit certain web sites (for good reason, obviously). These types of filtering programs typically rely on network user accounts to know which user to block from what domain. This means that your network administrator is tracking your terminal sessions, which includes the network user account you used to initiate the session. Speaking generally, the user account (since this is a school system) probably has a bunch of personal information attached to it (full name, address, parents names, etc.). These terminal sessions have dates and times associated with them and could easily be correlated with records that John (that guy you got mad at) keeps. Since John tracks the IP address of every source that submits data to his web site, he can find the IP address of your school by finding records with the exact date and time of the terminal session (I'm sure your network administrator and school system would be interested to know of these occurrences). The timestamps of the terminal sessions and Wordie.org are probably kept synchronous with the use of an NTP service, so, by working together, they likely to find the match.

    So unless you can account for yourself being somewhere other than that terminal at the date and time of the terminal session, you could be, as they say, up Shit Creek without a paddle if someone decided to look for you.

    Again, this is purely hypothetical as I do not know the particulars of the IT infrastructure at your school system. However, if you think it through logically, you are opening yourself up to a world of unknowns.

    I await your typical "you are stoopid" response.

    November 14, 2008

  • Bonniee, do you have bananas?

    November 14, 2008

  • Hi bonniee:

    Any progress on the spelling front? Or literacy? Or manners?

    Guess not. Too bad. I'm imagining your life 10 years from now. It's a sorry picture.

    lol

    November 14, 2008

  • Gosh, bongiee, I never thought of that! Thanks for the tip. I'll never use my own name ever again. Just in case I'm ashamed of how I seem. Brilliant. Now back to the word pressure. Wot's your favourite definition? Mine's 'the act of applying farce in order to move something away'. Minted.

    November 14, 2008

  • yeah ya know it's like that guy that's all but then he didn't say that he was all STUPID cause lsoers don't know is what the paradoxical underpinnings of ya know!

    November 14, 2008

  • man and you think you know about our lives! guess again! We purposely use fake names on here so that people who come along and read all this crap (that you post!) won't know it is US.

    November 14, 2008

  • WOW! you are all have NO FREAKIN LIFE!
    this must be like a site for nerds that sit in an office building all day.
    I can picture it...
    4 men in thier office cubicles create a website on their businesses time (which is probabley some insurance compnany where you sit in chairs so small your butts are permenantly flat) You know what would make you some dough so you won't have to drive home in your cheap infinity sub compacts? How about turning this whole convosation in to a book because I bet you when people buy it they will laugh and laugh and laugh.I can picture it too.. "Wordies downhill development into a teenage destroction" So original...

    November 14, 2008

  • you guys are like the dumbest people i have ever met. like seriously you think you scare us....well think again losers you dont. Why dont you guys go get some dougnuts choke on them and then go down \...ok? ok bye!

    November 14, 2008

  • Oh, good grief. They're like psoriasis--it's chronic!

    November 14, 2008

  • Hey! I'm the doosh around here! Remember that!

    I'm the doosh around here!

    I'm the doosh around here!

    p.s. not really.

    November 14, 2008

  • Wow! Dooshheaded poop brains! Sounds more like pre-school than high school to me, "which be."

    November 14, 2008

  • No, they're right. I should shut up. What have I become??

    November 14, 2008

  • P.S. Stop telling people to shut up. This is a public site. It's for everyone. Have fun!

    November 14, 2008

  • Bonnie are you done with you're English reasearch paper yet?

    November 14, 2008

  • shush up which be!!!!

    November 14, 2008

  • Rock 'n roll highschool, forever

    November 14, 2008

  • uh no why?

    November 14, 2008

  • promise?
    DID YOU READ MY OTHER COMMENTS >:()

    November 14, 2008

  • ok i will bonnie!

    hee hee


    i have to type my paper....lol


    but i will still talk to you on here
    :)

    November 14, 2008

  • talkie to meee
    Oh em gee guess what!
    I just got this 506 error thing that said that guy JOHN (the guy I got mad at) owns wordie! He must be the one that locked us out of our accounts!

    November 14, 2008

  • talkie to meee
    Oh em gee guess what!
    I just got this 506 error thing that said that guy JOHN (the guy I got mad at) owns wordie! He must be the one that locked us out of our accounts!

    November 14, 2008

  • hjk;hjlghjlgfhkghk

    November 14, 2008

  • How much work have you done so far
    ?

    November 14, 2008

  • If I talk to you you have to talk to me back

    November 14, 2008

  • yeah me too!
    :)

    November 14, 2008

  • so whats up bonnie?

    November 14, 2008

  • I bet they deleted our logins becasue we keep chatting on here :P

    November 14, 2008

  • hope those dooshheaded poop brains don't bug us again

    November 14, 2008

  • hello

    November 14, 2008

  • hey lolo

    November 14, 2008

  • Remember this word

    September 29, 2008