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pressure

[ presh-er ]SEE DEFINITION OF pressure
  • nounphysical force, weight
  • noundemand, difficulty
  • verbbother, urge

Synonyms for pressure

  • burden
  • squeeze
  • strain
  • strength
  • stress
  • tension
  • compressing
  • compression
  • crushing
  • encumbrance
  • heaviness
  • load
  • mass
  • shear
  • squeezing
  • thrust
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Antonyms for pressure

  • relaxation
  • ease
  • facility
  • peace
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PRESSURE

Certain faculties develop in response to the pressure of environment.

Quite often the cave gave way to the pressure of the surrounding rock.

It is the crisis which makes the pressure, and not the laws which provide a remedy for it.

So great was the pressure of the throng that men fainted and had to be carried out.

At a pressure of 20 pounds, the temperature will be about 260 degrees.

The discharge is proportional to the square root of the pressure.

The village hotel throbbed with the pressure of unwonted business.

In other words the pressure of the wind increases with the square of the velocity.

Pressure of wind increases in proportion to the square of the velocity.

The greater this pressure the large and heavier the object which can be raised.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "suffering, anguish; act or fact of pressing on the mind or heart," from Old French presseure "oppression; torture; anguish; press" (for wine or cheeses), "instrument of torture" (12c.) and directly from Latin pressura "action of pressing," from pressus, past participle of premere "to press" (see press (v.1)).

Literal meaning "act or fact of pressing" in a physical sense is attested from early 15c. Meaning "moral or mental coercing force" is from 1620s; meaning "urgency" is from 1812. Scientific sense in physics is from 1650s. Pressure cooker is attested from 1915; figurative sense is from 1958. Pressure point is attested from 1876. Pressure-treated, of woods, is from 1911.

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