Meaning of PRESSURE in English

■ noun

1》 continuous physical force exerted on or against an object by something in contact with it.

↘the force per unit area exerted by a fluid against a surface.

2》 the use of persuasion, intimidation, etc. to make someone do something.

↘a feeling of stressful urgency.

■ verb attempt to persuade or coerce into doing something.


ME: from OFr., from L. pressura , from press- 'pressed', from premere (see press 1 ).

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