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[n] 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"
[n] a weightlift in which the barbell is lifted to shoulder height and then smoothly lifted overhead
[n] any machine that exerts pressure to form or shape or cut materials or extract liquids or compress solids
[n] a machine used for printing
[n] clamp to prevent wooden rackets from warping when not in use
[n] a tall piece of furniture that provides storage space for clothes; has a door and rails or hooks for hanging clothes
[n] printed matter in the form of newspapers or magazines
[n] a dense crowd of people
[n] newspaper writers and photographers
[n] the state of urgently demanding notice or attention; "the press of business matters"
[v] lift weights
[v] ask for or request earnestly; "The prophet bid all people to become good persons"
[v] force or impel in an indicated direction; "I urged him to finish his studies"
[v] exert pressure or force to or upon; "He pressed down on the boards"; "press your thumb on this spot"
[v] make strenuous pushing movements during birth to expel the baby; "`Now push hard,' said the doctor to the woman"
[v] press from a plastic, as of records
[v] create by pressing; "Press little holes into the soft clay"
[v] squeeze or press together; "she compressed her lips"; "the muscle contracted"
[v] place between two surfaces and apply weight or pressure; "pressed flowers"
[v] crowd closely; "The crowds pressed along the street"
[v] 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"
[v] to be oppressive or burdensome; "weigh heavily on the mind", "Something pressed on his mind"
[v] be urgent; "This is a pressing problem"

Misc. Definitions

\Press\, n. (Zo["o]l.) 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.
\Press\, v. t. [Corrupt. fr. prest ready money advanced, a loan; hence, earnest money given soldiers on entering service. See {Prest}, n.] To force into service, particularly into naval service; to impress. To peaceful peasant to the wars is pressed. --Dryden.
\Press\, n. [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}, a.
\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. 3
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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. 1
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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.
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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. 1
4. 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}.
\Press\, v. i.
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.
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3. To urge with vehemence or importunity; to exert a strong or compelling influence; as, an argument presses upon the judgment.
\Press\, n. [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.

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