[pres] or [prɛs]


(noun.) 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'.

(noun.) a weightlift in which the barbell is lifted to shoulder height and then smoothly lifted overhead.

(noun.) any machine that exerts pressure to form or shape or cut materials or extract liquids or compress solids.

(noun.) a machine used for printing.

(noun.) clamp to prevent wooden rackets from warping when not in use.

(noun.) the print media responsible for gathering and publishing news in the form of newspapers or magazines.

(verb.) place between two surfaces and apply weight or pressure; 'pressed flowers'.

(verb.) exert pressure or force to or upon; 'He pressed down on the boards'; 'press your thumb on this spot'.

(verb.) make strenuous pushing movements during birth to expel the baby; '`Now push hard,' said the doctor to the woman'.

(verb.) press from a plastic; 'press a record'.

(verb.) create by pressing; 'Press little holes into the soft clay'.

(verb.) crowd closely; 'The crowds pressed along the street'.

(verb.) be urgent; 'This is a pressing problem'.

埃塞雷德编辑--From WordNet


(n.) An East Indian insectivore (Tupaia ferruginea). It is arboreal in its habits, and has a bushy tail. The fur is soft, and varies from rusty red to maroon and to brownish black.

(n.) To force into service, particularly into naval service; to impress.

(n.) A commission to force men into public service, particularly into the navy.

(v.) 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.

(v.) To squeeze, in order to extract the juice or contents of; to squeeze out, or express, from something.

(v.) 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 press clothes.

(v.) To embrace closely; to hug.

(v.) To oppress; to bear hard upon.

(v.) To straiten; to distress; as, to be pressed with want or hunger.

(v.) To exercise very powerful or irresistible influence upon or over; to constrain; to force; to compel.

(v.) 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.

(v.) To drive with violence; to hurry; to urge on; to ply hard; as, to press a horse in a race.

(v. i.) To exert pressure; to bear heavily; to push, crowd, or urge with steady force.

(v. i.) To move on with urging and crowding; to make one's way with violence or effort; to bear onward forcibly; to crowd; to throng; to encroach.

(v. i.) To urge with vehemence or importunity; to exert a strong or compelling influence; as, an argument presses upon the judgment.

(n.) An apparatus or machine by which any substance or body is pressed, squeezed, stamped, or shaped, or by which an impression of a body is taken; sometimes, the place or building containing a press or presses.

(n.) Specifically, a printing press.

(n.) The art or business of printing and publishing; hence, printed publications, taken collectively, more especially newspapers or the persons employed in writing for them; as, a free press is a blessing, a licentious press is a curse.

(n.) An upright case or closet for the safe keeping of articles; as, a clothes press.

(n.) The act of pressing or thronging forward.

(n.) Urgent demands of business or affairs; urgency; as, a press of engagements.

(n.) A multitude of individuals crowded together; / crowd of single things; a throng.



v. a. [1]. Compress, squeeze, crowd, crush.[2]. Constrain, compel, force, drive.[3]. Enjoin, enforce, urge, inculcate.

v. n. [1]. Bear heavily.[2]. Hasten, hurry, push, rush.[3]. Crowd, throng, force a way.

n. [1]. Printing-press.[2]. Literature, literary publications.[3]. Crowd, throng, multitude.[4]. Urgency, pressure, hurry.



SYN:Urge, crowd, compel, force, squeeze, crush, compress, express, constrain,hurry, instigate, inculcate, impress, throng, encroach, lean, weigh, harass

ANT:Relax, inhibit, persuade, entice, allure, solicit, touch, skim, graze, free,liberate, ease, avoid, relieve



v.t. to push on or against with a heavy weight or with great force: to squeeze out as juice: to clasp or embrace: to bear heavily on: to distress: to urge strongly: to present to the mind with earnestness: to lay stress upon: to hurry on with great speed: to shape or smooth by the application of weight.—v.i. to exert pressure: to push with force: to crowd: to go forward with violence: to urge with vehemence and importunity: to exert a strong influence.—n. Press′er.—adj. Press′ing urgent: importunate: forcible.—adv. Press′ingly.—n. Pres′sion.

v.t. to carry men off by violence to become soldiers or sailors.—ns. Press′gang a gang or body of sailors under an officer empowered to impress men into the navy; Press′-mon′ey (for prest-money) earnest-money.

n. an instrument for squeezing bodies: a printing-machine: the art or business of printing and publishing: act of urging forward: urgency: strong demand: a crowd: a closet for holding articles.—ns. Press′-bed a bed enclosed in a cupboard or folding up into it; Press′fat (B.) the vat of an olive or wine press for collecting the liquor; Press′man one who works a printing-press: a journalist or reporter: a member of a pressgang; Press′mark a mark upon a book to show its place among others in a library; Press′-room a room where printing-presses are worked; Press′-work the operation of taking impressions from type or plates by means of the printing-press.—Press of sail as much sail as can be carried.—Brahmah press a hydraulic press called after Mr Brahmah its inventor; Cylinder press a printing-press in which the types are laid on a cylinder which revolves instead of on a flat surface; Hydraulic press (see Hydraulic); Liberty of the press the right of publishing books &c. without submitting them to a government authority for permission; The Press the literature of a country esp. its newspapers.





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