[syn: blackmail, blackjack, pressure]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Pressure \Pres"sure\ (?; 138), n. [OF., fr. L. pressura, fr.
premere. See 4th Press.]
1. The act of pressing, or the condition of being pressed;
compression; a squeezing; a crushing; as, a pressure of
2. A contrasting force or impulse of any kind; as, the
pressure of poverty; the pressure of taxes; the pressure
of motives on the mind; the pressure of civilization.
Where the pressure of danger was not felt.
3. Affliction; distress; grievance.
My people's pressures are grievous. --Eikon
In the midst of his great troubles and pressures.
4. Urgency; as, the pressure of business.
5. Impression; stamp; character impressed.
All saws of books, all forms, all pressures past.
6. (Mech.) The action of a force against some obstacle or
opposing force; a force in the nature of a thrust,
distributed over a surface, often estimated with reference
to the amount upon a unit's area.
7. Electro-motive force.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
Atmospheric pressure, Center of pressure, etc. See under
Atmospheric, Center, etc.
Back pressure (Steam engine), pressure which resists the
motion of the piston, as the pressure of exhaust steam
which does not find free outlet.
Fluid pressure, pressure like that exerted by a fluid. It
is a thrust which is normal and equally intense in all
directions around a point. --Rankine.
Pressure gauge, a gauge for indicating fluid pressure; a
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 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" [syn: pressure,
pressure level, force per unit area]
2: a force that compels; "the public brought pressure to bear on
3: the act of pressing; the exertion of pressure; "he gave the
button a press"; "he used pressure to stop the bleeding"; "at
the pressing of a button" [syn: press, pressure,
4: the state of demanding notice or attention; "the insistence
of their hunger"; "the press of business matters" [syn:
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" [syn: pressure, pressure
6: an oppressive condition of physical or mental or social or
7: the pressure exerted by the atmosphere [syn: atmospheric
pressure, air pressure, pressure]
v 1: to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical,
moral or intellectual means :"She forced him to take a job
in the city"; "He squeezed her for information" [syn:
coerce, hale, squeeze, pressure, force]
2: exert pressure on someone through threats [syn: blackmail,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
297 Moby Thesaurus words for "pressure":
abetment, adverse circumstances, adversity, advocate, affliction,
aggravation, albatross, annoyance, apply pressure,
argumentum baculinum, ascendancy, authority, bale, bear against,
bear down on, bear down upon, bear hard upon, bearing, beset,
besiege, blandish, blandishment, blight, boost, bug, bummer, bump,
bunt, burden, burdening, burthen, butt, buttonhole, buttonholing,
cajole, cajolement, cajolery, call on, call upon, care, caressing,
cargo, case of need, charge, charging, charisma, charm, clamping,
clamping down, clout, clutch, coax, coaxing, coerce, coercion,
compel, compression, compulsion, consequence, constrain,
constraint, constraints, control, credit, crisis, cross, crunch,
crush, crushing, cumber, cumbrance, curse, deadweight, demand,
demandingness, demands, difficulties, difficulty, dig,
dire necessity, distress, dominance, domination, downer, drag,
drive, dun, dunning, duress, effect, emergency, eminence,
enchantment, encouragement, encumbrance, esteem, exert pressure,
exhort, exigence, exigencies, exigency, favor, feeling, fingering,
force, freight, friction, frottage, goading, good feeling,
greatness, handicap, handling, hard knocks, hard life, hard lot,
hardcase, hardship, head, high pressure, high-pressure, hold,
hustle, immediacy, impel, imperative, imperativeness, importance,
importunacy, importunateness, importune, importunity, impulse,
impulsion, incidental power, incubus, incumbency, inducement,
influence, influentiality, influentialness, insinuation, insist,
insist on, insist upon, insistence, instance, intimidate,
intimidation, irritation, jab, jawbone, jog, joggle, jolt, jostle,
lading, leadership, lean on, leverage, load, loading, lobby,
magnetism, make, manipulation, mastery, matter of necessity,
mental strain, millstone, moment, nag, nag at, nagging, needling,
nervous strain, nervous tension, nip, nudge, oppression, overload,
overtaxing, overweighting, palpation, persistence, personality,
persuade, persuasion, pertinaciousness, pertinacity, pester,
pestering, petting, pinch, plague, plaguing, plead with, plight,
ply, plying, poke, potency, power, precedence, predicament,
predominance, preponderance, press, pressing, pressingness,
prestige, prevail on, prevail upon, pricking, priority, problems,
prod, prodding, prominence, punch, purchase, push, put pressure on,
rank, rash impulse, recommend, reign, repute, require, rigor,
rubbing, rule, rush, saddling, say, sea of troubles, seniority,
shove, soft-soap, spurring, squeeze, squeezing, stature, strain,
straits, strength, stress, stress and strain, stress of life,
stroking, strong-arm tactics, suasion, subtle influence,
suggestion, superincumbency, supremacy, surcharge, sway,
sweet-talk, tautness, taxing, tease, teasing, tenseness, tension,
the big stick, the bludgeon, the club, the jackboot,
the mailed fist, the strong arm, the sword, thrust, tightening,
torque, torsion, touching, trial, tribulation, trouble, troubles,
tweak, upper hand, urge, urgency, urgent need, urging,
vale of tears, vexation, vicissitude, violence, weight,
weightiness, wheedle, wheedling, whip hand, work on