Meaning of PRESSURE in English

— pressureless , adj.

/presh"euhr/ , n. , v. , pressured, pressuring .


1. the exertion of force upon a surface by an object, fluid, etc., in contact with it: the pressure of earth against a wall.

2. Physics. force per unit area. Symbol: P Cf. stress (def. 6).

3. Meteorol. See atmospheric pressure .

4. Elect. See electromotive force .

5. the state of being pressed or compressed.

6. harassment; oppression: the pressures of daily life.

7. a constraining or compelling force or influence: the social pressures of city life; financial pressure.

8. urgency, as of affairs or business: He works well under pressure.

9. Obs. that which is impressed.


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

11. pressurize.

[ 1350-1400; ME (n.) pressura. See PRESS 1 , -URE ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .