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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Pressing  \Press"ing\,  a. 
  Urgent;  exacting;  importunate;  as  a  pressing  necessity.  -- 
  {Press"ing*ly},  adv 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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 
  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  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  pressing 
  adj  :  compelling  immediate  action  "too  pressing  to  permit  of 
  longer  delay";  "the  urgent  words  `Hurry!  Hurry!'"; 
  "bridges  in  urgent  need  of  repair"  [syn:  {urgent}] 
  n  :  the  act  of  pressing;  "he  gave  the  button  a  press";  "he  used 
  pressure  to  stop  the  bleeding"  [syn:  {press},  {pressure}] 




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