Pressure - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈpreʃər|  American pronunciation of the word pressure
Brit.  |ˈpreʃə|  British pronunciation of the word pressure


- the force applied to a unit area of surface; measured in pascals (SI unit) or in dynes (cgs unit)
the compressed gas exerts an increased pressure
- a force that compels
the public brought pressure to bear on the government
- the act of pressing; the exertion of pressure (syn: press, pressing)
he used pressure to stop the bleeding
- the state of demanding notice or attention (syn: insistence, insistency, press)
- the somatic sensation that results from applying force to an area of skin
the sensitivity of his skin to pressure and temperature was normal
- an oppressive condition of physical or mental or social or economic distress
- the pressure exerted by the atmosphere


- to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means (syn: coerce, force, hale, squeeze)
- exert pressure on someone through threats (syn: blackjack, blackmail)

Extra examples

Apply pressure to the wound to stop the bleeding.

The pressure of the compressed air inside the chamber

The animal's jaws can exert a pressure of more than 750 pounds per square inch.

The horse will respond to the slightest pressure of a rider's knee.

The fruit yields to gentle pressure when it's ripe.

The normal air pressure at sea level

He gave in to the social pressures to act and dress like everybody else.

She felt a constant pressure to earn more money.

...his father pressured him to go out for the swim team...

She kicked at the door with her foot, and the pressure was enough to open it.

The pressure of his fingers had relaxed.

The best way to treat such bleeding is to apply firm pressure.

Warm air is now being drawn in from another high pressure area over the North Sea.

They are putting pressure on people to vote yes.

The minister was under pressure to resign.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: pressure
he/she/it: pressures
present participle: pressuring
past tense: pressured
past participle: pressured
singular: pressure
plural: pressures
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