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Noun: pressure  pre-shu(r)
  1. 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";
    - pressure level, force per unit area
  2. A force that compels
    "the public brought pressure to bear on the government"
  3. The act of pressing; the exertion of pressure
    "he used pressure to stop the bleeding";
    - press, pressing
  4. The state of demanding notice or attention
    "the pressure of their hunger";
    - imperativeness, insistence, insistency, press
  5. The somatic sensation that results from applying force to an area of skin
    "the sensitivity of his skin to pressure and temperature was normal";
    - pressure sensation
  6. An oppressive condition of physical, mental, social or economic distress
  7. The pressure exerted by the atmosphere
    - atmospheric pressure, air pressure
Verb: pressure  pre-shu(r)
  1. To cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means
    "He pressured her for information";
    - coerce, hale [archaic], squeeze, force
  2. Exert pressure on someone through threats
    - blackmail, blackjack

Derived forms: pressured, pressuring, pressures

Type of: act upon, compel, distress, force, gas pressure, influence, obligate, oblige, physical phenomenon, push, pushing, somaesthesia [Brit, Cdn], somatesthesia, somatic sensation, somesthesia [N. Amer], urgency, work

Encyclopedia: Pressure