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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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