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Usage statistics for the noun pressure:

conversational speech18.54%task-oriented speech81.46%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun pressure:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb pressure:

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Definition of the noun pressure

What does pressure mean as a name of something?

Pressure is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: pressures

  1. the force applied to a unit area of surface; measured in pascals (SI unit) or in dynes (cgs unit)
    • example: the compressed gas exerts an increased pressure
    • lexical domain: Natural Phenomena - nouns denoting natural phenomena
    • synonyms of pressure: force per unit area / pressure level
    • more generic term: physical phenomenon = a natural phenomenon involving the physical properties of matter and energy
    • more specific terms:
      • blood pressure = the pressure of the circulating blood against the walls of the blood vessels; results from the systole of the left ventricle of the heart
      • gas pressure = the pressure exerted by a gas
      • head = the pressure exerted by a fluid
      • hydrostatic head = the pressure at a given point in a liquid measured in terms of the vertical height of a column of the liquid needed to produce the same pressure
      • intraocular pressure / IOP = pressure exerted by the fluids inside the eyeball
      • oil pressure = pressure that keeps oil on the moving parts of an internal-combustion engine
      • osmotic pressure = the pressure exerted by a solution necessary to prevent osmosis into that solution when it is separated from the pure solvent by a semipermeable membrane
      • corpuscular-radiation pressure / radiation pressure = the minute pressure exerted on a surface normal to the direction of propagation of a wave
      • instantaneous sound pressure / sound pressure = the difference between the instantaneous pressure at a point in a sound field and the average pressure at that point
      • suction = a force over an area produced by a pressure difference
      • vapour pressure / vapor pressure = the pressure exerted by a vapor
  2. a force that compels
    • example: the public brought pressure to bear on the government
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic word: force = a powerful effect or influence
  3. the act of pressing; the exertion of pressure
    • example: he used pressure to stop the bleeding
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of pressure: press / pressing
    • more generic words: push / pushing = the act of applying force in order to move something away
    • more specific words:
  4. the state of demanding notice or attention
  5. the somatic sensation that results from applying force to an area of skin
  6. an oppressive condition of physical or mental or social or economic distress
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • more generic word: distress = a state of adversity
  7. the pressure exerted by the atmosphere

Alternative definition of the noun pressure


  1. [physics] The amount of force that is applied over a given area divided by the size of this area.
  2. A pressing; a force applied to a surface.
  3. Mental strain caused by one's own or others' expectations on one's own performance

Definition of the verb pressure

What does pressure mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: pressured | pressuring | pressures

  1. to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means
  2. exert pressure on someone through threats

Alternative definition of the verb pressure


  1. [transitive] To encourage or heavily exert force or influence.


  1. Pressure a.k.a. Kevin Martin is a London-based English musician, record producer and journalist, often known under his recording alias The Bug. He moved to London around 1990, and he has been active for over two decades, in the genres of dub, jazzcore, industrial hip hop, dancehall, and dubstep.
  2. Pressure: Born Delyno Brown on August 5, 1981, Pressure was exposed to music at a young age due to his father being a member of a popular local band. He rose to popularity in the Virgin Islands and in regional and national reggae circles as a member of the Star Lion Family reggae group, a group of seven young artists. The group was in high demand and they opened for top acts such as Capleton, Buju Banton, Bunny Wailer and Junior Reid among others before splitting. He gained further experience as an opening act for Sizzla and Elephant Man. Pressure soon linked with the talented Dean Pond and Eno Stafford of Studio 340. Together they produced and released his debut album, The Pressure Is On, on the Tsuni Records label in 2005.

There are other people with in their name, like Marc Eckō's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure.

Phrases with Pressure

Phrases starting with the word Pressure:

  1. pressure dome
  2. pressure feed
  3. pressure gage
  4. pressure sore
  5. pressure suit
  6. pressure unit
  7. pressure-cook
  8. pressure-wash
  9. pressure cabin

Phrases ending with the word Pressure:

  1. No Pressure
  2. air pressure
  3. gas pressure
  4. low-pressure
  5. oil pressure
  6. high-pressure
  7. Peer pressure
  8. Root pressure
  9. Tire-Pressure
  10. Tyre-Pressure
  11. blood pressure

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Pressure

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Google previewFire Service Pump Operator's Handbook (1984)

by Warren E. Isman

Static pressure is the pressure when the water is not moving. It is energy that is available but not being used. For example, suppose a pumper connects to a hydrant, opens the hydrant, and supplies water to the pump. The intake gage on the ...

Google previewChemistry (2016)

by CTI Reviews

Pressure is the ratio of force to the area over which that force is distributed. Pressure is force per unit area...

Gauge pressure is the pressure relative to the local atmospheric or ambient pressure. Titration, also known as...

The equilibrium vapor pressure is an indication of a liquid's evaporation rate. It relates to the tendency ...

Google previewFundamentals of Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (2016)

Chemistry, Chemical engineering by CTI Reviews

Pressure is the ratio of force to the area over which that force is distributed. Pressure is force per unit area applied in a...

Google previewChemistry, Structure and Dynamics (2016)

Chemistry, Chemistry by CTI Reviews

Vapor pressure is the pressure exerted by a vapor in thermodynamic equilibrium with its condensed phases (solid or liquid) at a given temperature in a closed...

The equilibrium vapor pressure is an indication of a liquid's evaporation rate.

Google previewSurgery of Female Incontinence (2012)

by Stuart L. Stanton, Emil Tanagho

The abdominal pressure is the pressure surrounding the bladder and is usually measured by a 2-mm external diameter...

Detrusor pressure is that component of intravesical pressure created by active or passive forces on the bladder wall.

Google previewMeteorological Measurements and Instrumentation (2015)

by Giles Harrison

Atmospheric pressure is a fundamental atmospheric quantity in providing synoptic information and because of its close relationship with...

Google previewPulmonary Arterial Hypertension (2010)

by Clive Handler, Gerry Coghlan

High blood pressure is a level that is consistently higher than 140/85 mmHg during both day and night in a person of any age...

Google previewTreating and Beating Heart Disease: A Consumer's Guide to Cardiac Medicines (2015)

A Consumer's Guide To Cardiac Medicines by Barbara H. Roberts

The higher number or "systolic" pressure is the pressure in the arteries when the heart is contracting.

However, in people who are older than 50 years of age, a high systolic blood pressure is a stronger risk factor than a high diastolic blood ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Astrobiology (2011)

by Muriel Gargaud

Osmotic pressure is the pressure produced on the semipermeable membrane of an organism by the difference in solute concentration between the internal and the external part of the cell. When the solute concentration in the interior of the cell ...

Google previewKansas Biographical Dictionary (2000)

by Jan Onofrio

Maxwell had shown as early as 1873 that light, if electromagnetic in nature, should exert a pressure on an obstacle placed in its path, which is twice as great for a perfect reflector as for an ideal absorber. The minuteness of the predicted effect, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Well Log...

by Robert Desbrandes

Charts have been compiled for interpreting the increase in traveltime in terms of formation pressure. Figure 8.62b is an example of this. The time scale is calibrated with the help of measurements in a normally compacted interval, here at 6 000 ...

Google previewDictionary of Automotive Engineering (2016)

by Don Goodsell

manifold absolute pressure The mean gas absolute static pressure in an engine induction manifold, usually measured by a mercury manometer. Also MAP. manifold depression Difference between the mean static pressure ...

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Video language resources about Pressure

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Sign language

High Blood Pressure - Heart Healthy Series [British Sign Language]

This video has information about how to keep your heart healthy, provided in British Sign Language (BSL). It will help you to think about the things you could do, ...

Quotes about Pressure

Pressure? This is just a football match. When you do not know how to feed your children, that is pressure. (Jose Luis Chilavert)
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The value of this 8-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of PRESSURE

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