1. compacted by ironing
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Press \Press\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pressed; p. pr. & vb. n.
Pressing.] [F. presser, fr. L. pressare to press, fr.
premere, pressum, to press. Cf. Print, v.]
1. To urge, or act upon, with force, as weight; to act upon
by pushing or thrusting, in distinction from pulling; to
crowd or compel by a gradual and continued exertion; to
bear upon; to squeeze; to compress; as, we press the
ground with the feet when we walk; we press the couch on
which we repose; we press substances with the hands,
fingers, or arms; we are pressed in a crowd.
Good measure, pressed down, and shaken together.
--Luke vi. 38.
2. To squeeze, in order to extract the juice or contents of;
to squeeze out, or express, from something.
From sweet kernels pressed,
She tempers dulcet creams. --Milton.
And I took the grapes, and pressed them into
Pharaoh's cup, and I gave the cup into Pharaoh's
hand. --Gen. xl. 11.
3. To squeeze in or with suitable instruments or apparatus,
in order to compact, make dense, or smooth; as, to press
cotton bales, paper, etc.; to smooth by ironing; as, to
4. To embrace closely; to hug.
Leucothoe shook at these alarms,
And pressed Palemon closer in her arms. --Pope.
5. To oppress; to bear hard upon.
Press not a falling man too far. --Shak.
6. To straiten; to distress; as, to be pressed with want or
7. To exercise very powerful or irresistible influence upon
or over; to constrain; to force; to compel.
Paul was pressed in the spirit, and testified to the
Jews that Jesus was Christ. --Acts xviii.
8. To try to force (something upon some one); to urge or
inculcate with earnestness or importunity; to enforce; as,
to press divine truth on an audience.
He pressed a letter upon me within this hour.
Be sure to press upon him every motive. --Addison.
9. To drive with violence; to hurry; to urge on; to ply hard;
as, to press a horse in a race.
The posts . . . went cut, being hastened and pressed
on, by the king's commandment. --Esther viii.
Note: Press differs from drive and strike in usually denoting
a slow or continued application of force; whereas drive
and strike denote a sudden impulse of force.
Pressed brick. See under Brick.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: compacted by ironing