Definition of presure
1. pressure [ n ] the force applied to a unit area of surface; measured in pascals (SI unit) or in dynes (cgs unit)
Examples: "the compressed gas exerts an increased pressure"
(Walter H. Buchsbaum, "Advances in Medical Electronics"...)
In the lower center rack an 8 - channel recorder indicates the percentage of carbon_dioxide and nitrogen from the upper and lower lobes of one lung , the total volume of inhalation per breath , the flow of air from both lobes , and the pressure of the two lobes with_respect_to each_other .
It is also possible to utilize a pressure transducer , mounted at the end of a catheter which is inserted into the heart 's left_ventricle , to indicate the blood_pressure in the heart itself .
This pressure measurement may be made at_the_same_time that the ultrasonic dimensioning measurement is made .
From this doctors can read heart_rate , change in diameter , pressure , and effective heart power .
Several years ago headlines were made by a small radio_transmitter capsule which could be swallowed by the patient and which would then radio internal pressure data to external receivers .Synonyms pressure pressure_level force_per_unit_area Related Terms physical_phenomenon vapor_pressure head osmotic_pressure blood_pressure hydrostatic_head suction radiation_pressure sound_pressure gas_pressure oil_pressure intraocular_pressure atmospheric_pressure press supercharge pressurize pressurize
2. pressure [ n ] a force that compels
Examples: "the public brought pressure to bear on the government"
(The Dallas Morning News,...)
`` I think the big thing about the game was that our kids for the third straight week stayed in there pitching and kept the pressure on .
With the neutralists maintaining pressure for one of their own to succeed Mr._Hammarskjold , U_Thant emerged as the only possible candidate unlikely to be waylaid by a veto .
In_a_sense , the showdown promised by Mr._Hammarskjold 's sudden and tragic death has been avoided ; no precedents have been set as_yet ; structurally , the U.N. is still fluid , vulnerable to the pressures that its new and enlarged membership are bringing_to_bear upon it .
(Jack Kaplan, "The Health Machine Menace: Therapy by...)
Lee renewed his pressure on Mrs._Shaefer to buy his machine when she visited him the next day .
(Edward P. Lawton, "Northern Liberals and Southern...)
Accounts have been published of Northern liberals in the South up_against segregationist prejudice , especially in state-supported universities where pressure may be strong to uphold the majority view .Synonyms pressure Related Terms force blackmail
3. pressure [ n ] the act of pressing; the exertion of pressure
Examples: "he gave the button a press" "he used pressure to stop the bleeding" "at the pressing of a button"
(The Times-Picayune, [New Orleans]...)
This is a common symptom and the cause usually is pressure on the nerve leading to the affected hand .
The pressure may come from muscles , tendons , or bones anywhere from the neck to the hand .Synonyms pressure pressing press Related Terms push compression impression decompression press compress press press push
4. pressure [ n ] the state of urgently demanding notice or attention
Examples: "the press of business matters"
(Edward Jablonski, Harold Arlen Happy with the Blues....)
It is , however , a disarming disguise , or perhaps a shield , for not_only has Mercer proved himself to be one of the few great lyricists over the years , but also one who can function remarkably under pressure .
(Jay Williams, The Forger....)
It was n't just the pressure of work , although that was the excuse I often used , even to myself .
(Edward Streeter, The Chairman of the Bored....)
Perhaps it was his misfortune , or good_fortune , whichever way one looked_at it , to belong_to the former group , and he was struggling unconsciously to build_up pressure in a world which demanded none , which was positively antagonistic to_it .Synonyms pressure press insistence insistency imperativeness Related Terms urgency blackmail
5. pressure [ n ] the somatic sensation of pressure
Examples: "the sensitivity of his skin to pressure and temperature was normal"
(William S. Haymond, "Is Distance an Original...)
It is as_follows : `` The usual sensitivity tests showed that the specific qualities of skin-perceptiveness ( pressure , pain , temperature ) , as_well_as the kinesthetic sensations ( muscular feelings , feelings in the tendons and joints ) , were , as_such , essentially intact , although they seemed , in_comparison_with normal reactions , to be somewhat diminished over the entire body .Synonyms pressure pressure_sensation Related Terms somesthesia somaesthesia
6. pressure [ v ] to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means :"She forced him to take a job in the city"
Examples: "He squeezed her for information"
(Robert A. Futterman, The Future of Our Cities....)
If the distant patron of the suburban branch has been frightened_away from downtown by traffic problems , however , the city store can only pressure the politicians to do something about the highways or await the completion of the federal highway program .Synonyms force coerce pressure squeeze hale Related Terms compel drive bring_oneself terrorize steamroller dragoon bludgeon squeeze_for turn_up_the_heat imperativeness compulsion power_play act
7. pressure [ n ] an oppressive condition of physical or mental or social or economic distressSynonyms pressure Related Terms trouble
8. pressure [ v ] exert pressure on someone through threatsSynonyms blackjack pressure blackmail Related Terms influence blackmailer
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