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English noun: pressure

1. pressure (phenomenon) the force applied to a unit area of surface; measured in pascals (SI unit) or in dynes (cgs unit)

SamplesThe compressed gas exerts an increased pressure.

Synonymsforce per unit area, pressure level

Broader (hypernym)physical phenomenon

Narrower (hyponym)blood pressure, corpuscular-radiation pressure, gas pressure, head, hydrostatic head, instantaneous sound pressure, intraocular pressure, IOP, oil pressure, osmotic pressure, radiation pressure, sound pressure, suction, vapor pressure, vapour pressure

2. pressure (attribute) a force that compels

SamplesThe public brought pressure to bear on the government.

Broader (hypernym)force

3. pressure (act) the act of pressing; the exertion of pressure

SamplesHe gave the button a press.
He used pressure to stop the bleeding.
At the pressing of a button.

Synonymspress, pressing

Broader (hypernym)push, pushing

Narrower (hyponym)compressing, compression, impression

4. pressure (state) the state of demanding notice or attention

SamplesThe insistence of their hunger.
The press of business matters.

Synonymsimperativeness, insistence, insistency, press

Broader (hypernym)urgency

5. pressure (cognition) the somatic sensation that results from applying force to an area of skin

SamplesThe sensitivity of his skin to pressure and temperature was normal.

Synonymspressure sensation

Broader (hypernym)somaesthesia, somatesthesia, somatic sensation, somesthesia

6. pressure (state) an oppressive condition of physical or mental or social or economic distress

Broader (hypernym)distress

7. pressure (phenomenon) the pressure exerted by the atmosphere

Synonymsair pressure, atmospheric pressure

Broader (hypernym)gas pressure

Narrower (hyponym)barometric pressure, compartment pressure, overpressure, sea-level pressure

English verb: pressure

1. pressure (social) to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means :

SamplesShe forced him to take a job in the city.
He squeezed her for information.

ExamplesThey pressure him to write the letter

Synonymscoerce, force, hale, squeeze

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE.
Somebody ----s somebody into V-ing something

Broader (hypernym)compel, obligate, oblige

Narrower (hyponym)bludgeon, bring oneself, dragoon, drive, railroad, sandbag, squeeze for, steamroll, steamroller, terrorise, terrorize, turn up the heat, turn up the pressure

Causeact, move

2. pressure (social) exert pressure on someone through threats

Synonymsblackjack, blackmail

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)act upon, influence, work

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