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press

7 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Press \Press\, verb (used with an object) [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 press clothes.

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 hunger.

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. 5.

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. --Dryden.

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. 14.

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}.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Press \Press\, noun (Zool.) 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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Press \Press\, verb (used with an object) [Corrupt. fr. prest ready money advanced, a loan; hence, earnest money given soldiers on entering service. See {Prest}, noun] To force into service, particularly into naval service; to impress.

To peaceful peasant to the wars is pressed. --Dryden.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Press \Press\, noun [For prest, confused with press.] A commission to force men into public service, particularly into the navy.

I have misused the king's press. --Shak.

{Press gang}, or {Pressgang}, a detachment of seamen under the command of an officer empowered to force men into the naval service. See {Impress gang}, under {Impress}.

{Press money}, money paid to a man enlisted into public service. See {Prest money}, under {Prest}, adjective

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Press \Press\, verb (used without an object)

1. To exert pressure; to bear heavily; to push, crowd, or urge with steady force.

2. 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.

They pressed upon him for to touch him. --Mark iii. 10.

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

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Press \Press\, noun [F. presse. See 4th {Press}.]

1. 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.

Note: Presses are differently constructed for various purposes in the arts, their specific uses being commonly designated; as, a cotton press, a wine press, a cider press, a copying press, etc. See {Drill press}.

2. Specifically, a printing press.

3. 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.

4. An upright case or closet for the safe keeping of articles; as, a clothes press. --Shak.

5. The act of pressing or thronging forward.

In their throng and press to that last hold. --Shak.

6. Urgent demands of business or affairs; urgency; as, a press of engagements.

7. A multitude of individuals crowded together; ? crowd of single things; a throng.

They could not come nigh unto him for the press. --Mark ii. 4.

{Cylinder press}, a printing press in which the impression is produced by a revolving cylinder under which the form passes; also, one in which the form of type or plates is curved around a cylinder, instead of resting on a flat bed.

{Hydrostatic press}. See under {Hydrostatic}.

{Liberty of the press}, the free right of publishing books, pamphlets, or papers, without previous restraint or censorship, subject only to punishment for libelous, seditious, or morally pernicious matters.

{Press bed}, a bed that may be folded, and inclosed, in a press or closet. --Boswell.

{Press of sail}, (Naut.), as much sail as the state of the wind will permit.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

press

noun

1: the state of demanding notice or attention; "the insistence of their hunger"; "the press of business matters" [syn: {imperativeness}, {insistence}, {insistency}, {press}, {pressure}]

2: the print media responsible for gathering and publishing news in the form of newspapers or magazines [syn: {press}, {public press}]

3: a machine used for printing [syn: {press}, {printing press}]

4: a dense crowd of people [syn: {crush}, {jam}, {press}]

5: a tall piece of furniture that provides storage space for clothes; has a door and rails or hooks for hanging clothes [syn: {wardrobe}, {closet}, {press}]

6: clamp to prevent wooden rackets from warping when not in use

7: any machine that exerts pressure to form or shape or cut materials or extract liquids or compress solids [syn: {press}, {mechanical press}]

8: a weightlift in which the barbell is lifted to shoulder height and then smoothly lifted overhead [syn: {press}, {military press}]

9: 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}, {pressing}]

verb

1: exert pressure or force to or upon; "He pressed down on the boards"; "press your thumb on this spot"

2: force or impel in an indicated direction; "I urged him to finish his studies" [syn: {urge}, {urge on}, {press}, {exhort}]

3: to be oppressive or burdensome; "weigh heavily on the mind", "Something pressed on his mind" [syn: {weigh}, {press}]

4: place between two surfaces and apply weight or pressure; "pressed flowers"

5: squeeze or press together; "she compressed her lips"; "the spasm contracted the muscle" [syn: {compress}, {constrict}, {squeeze}, {compact}, {contract}, {press}]

6: crowd closely; "The crowds pressed along the street"

7: create by pressing; "Press little holes into the soft clay"

8: be urgent; "This is a pressing problem"

9: exert oneself continuously, vigorously, or obtrusively to gain an end or engage in a crusade for a certain cause or person; be an advocate for; "The liberal party pushed for reforms"; "She is crusading for women's rights"; "The Dean is pushing for his favorite candidate" [syn: {crusade}, {fight}, {press}, {campaign}, {push}, {agitate}]

10: press from a plastic; "press a record" [syn: {press}, {press out}]

11: make strenuous pushing movements during birth to expel the baby; "'Now push hard,' said the doctor to the woman" [syn: {press}, {push}]

12: press and smooth with a heated iron; "press your shirts"; "she stood there ironing" [syn: {iron}, {iron out}, {press}]

13: lift weights; "This guy can press 300 pounds" [syn: {weight- lift}, {weightlift}, {press}]

14: ask for or request earnestly; "The prophet bid all people to become good persons" [syn: {bid}, {beseech}, {entreat}, {adjure}, {press}, {conjure}]

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