pressure


pressure
/ˈprɛʃə / (say 'preshuh)

noun
1. the exertion of force upon a body by another body in contact with it; compression.
2. Physics the force per unit area exerted on a given surface. The SI unit of pressure is the pascal. One pascal is equal to one newton per square metre.
3. Electricity electromotive force.
4. the act of pressing.
5. the state of being pressed.
6. harassment; oppression.
7. a state of trouble or embarrassment.
8. a constraining or compelling force or influence: *although no subordinate would dare demand a reason, he knew that under pressure of his own reputation for mateship he'd find himself giving one even so. –rodney hall, 1987.
9. urgency, as of affairs or business.
10. Obsolete that which is impressed.
verb (t)
11. to apply pressure (def. 6) to; coerce.
{Middle English, from French (obsolete), from Latin pressūra}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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