• Pressure



    From Old French, from Latin pressūra.

    Full definition of pressure



    (countable and uncountable; plural pressures)
    1. A pressing; a force applied to a surface.Apply pressure to the wound to stop the bleeding.
    2. A contrasting force or impulse of any kind''the pressure of poverty; the pressure of taxes; the pressure of motives on the mind; the pressure of civilization.
      • unknown date MacaulayWhere the pressure of danger was not felt.
    3. Distress.She has felt pressure lately because her boss expects her to get the job done by the first.
      • 1649, Eikon BasilikeMy people's pressures are grievous.
      • unknown date AtterburyIn the midst of his great troubles and pressures.
    4. Urgencythe pressure of business
    5. (obsolete) Impression; stamp; character impressed.
      • unknown date ShakespeareAll saws of books, all forms, all pressures past.
    6. (physics) The amount of force that is applied over a given area divided by the size of this area.



    1. (transitive) To encourage or heavily exert force or influence.Do not let anyone pressure you into buying something you do not want.


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