Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To exert steady weight or force against; bear down on.
  • transitive v. To squeeze the juice or other contents from.
  • transitive v. To extract (juice, for example) by squeezing or compressing.
  • transitive v. To reshape or make compact by applying steady force; compress.
  • transitive v. To iron (clothing, for example).
  • transitive v. To clasp in fondness or politeness.
  • transitive v. To try to influence, as by insistent arguments; importune or entreat: He pressed her for a reply.
  • transitive v. To urge or force to action; impel.
  • transitive v. To place in trying or distressing circumstances; harass or oppress.
  • transitive v. To move (keys on a computer keyboard, for example) by applying pressure.
  • transitive v. To lay stress on; emphasize.
  • transitive v. To advance or carry on vigorously: "Far from backing down, he pressed the attack” ( Justin Kaplan).
  • transitive v. To put forward importunately or insistently: press an argument.
  • transitive v. To make (a phonograph record or videodisc) from a mold or matrix.
  • transitive v. Sports To lift (a weight) to a position above the head without moving the legs.
  • intransitive v. To exert force or pressure.
  • intransitive v. To weigh heavily, as on the mind.
  • intransitive v. To advance eagerly; push forward.
  • intransitive v. To require haste; be urgent.
  • intransitive v. To iron clothes or other material.
  • intransitive v. To assemble closely and in large numbers; crowd.
  • intransitive v. To employ urgent persuasion or entreaty.
  • intransitive v. Sports To raise or lift a weight in a press.
  • intransitive v. Basketball To employ a press.
  • n. Any of various machines or devices that apply pressure.
  • n. Any of various machines used for printing; a printing press.
  • n. A place or establishment where matter is printed.
  • n. The art, method, or business of printing.
  • n. The collecting and publishing or broadcasting of news; journalism in general.
  • n. The entirety of media and agencies that collect, publish, transmit, or broadcast the news.
  • n. The people involved in the media, as news reporters, photographers, publishers, and broadcasters.
  • n. Commentary or coverage especially in print media: "Like the pool hall and the tattoo parlor, the motorcycle usually gets a bad press” ( R.Z. Sheppard).
  • n. The act of gathering in large numbers or of pushing forward.
  • n. A large gathering; a throng. See Synonyms at crowd1.
  • n. The act of applying pressure.
  • n. The state of being pressed.
  • n. The haste or urgency of business or matters.
  • n. The set of proper creases in a garment or fabric, formed by ironing.
  • n. Chiefly Northeastern U.S. An upright closet or case used for storing clothing, books, or other articles.
  • n. A viselike device for keeping a racket from warping.
  • n. Sports A lift in weightlifting in which the weight is raised to shoulder level and then steadily pushed straight overhead without movement of the legs.
  • n. Basketball An aggressive defense tactic in which players guard opponents closely, often over the entire court.
  • idiom go to press To be submitted for printing.
  • idiom in press Submitted for printing; in the process of being printed.
  • idiom pressed for time In a hurry; under time pressure.
  • idiom press the flesh Informal To shake hands and mingle with many people, especially while campaigning for public office.
  • transitive v. To force into service in the army or navy; impress.
  • transitive v. To take arbitrarily or by force, especially for public use.
  • transitive v. To use in a manner different from the usual or intended, especially in an emergency.
  • n. Conscription or impressment into service, especially into the army or navy.
  • n. Obsolete An official warrant for impressing men into military service.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A device used to apply pressure to an item.
  • n. A collective term for the print based media (both the people and the newspapers)
  • n. A publisher.
  • n. (especially in Ireland and Scotland) An enclosed storage space (eg closet, cupboard).
  • n. A printing machine.
  • n. An exercise in which weight is forced away from the body by extension of the arms or legs.
  • n. An additional bet in a golf match that duplicates an existing (usually losing) wager in value, but begins even at the time of the bet.
  • n. Pure, unfermented, unaltered grape juice.
  • v. to exert weight or force against, to act upon with with force or weight
  • v. to compress, squeeze
  • v. to clasp, hold in an embrace; to hug
  • v. to reduce to a particular shape or form by pressure, especially flatten or smooth
  • v. (sewing) To flatten a selected area of fabric using an iron with an up-and-down, not sliding, motion, so as to avoid disturbing adjacent areas.
  • v. to drive or thrust by pressure, to force in a certain direction
  • v. to weigh upon, oppress, trouble
  • v. to force to a certain end or result; to urge strongly, impel
  • v. to hasten, urge onward
  • v. to urge, beseech, entreat
  • v. to lay stress upon, emphasize
  • v. to throng, crowd
  • v. to print

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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. A commission to force men into public service, particularly into the navy.
  • 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.
  • n. An upright case or closet for the safe keeping of articles.
  • n. The act of pressing or thronging forward.
  • n. Urgent demands of business or affairs; urgency.
  • n. A multitude of individuals crowded together; � crowd of single things; a throng.
  • intransitive v. To exert pressure; to bear heavily; to push, crowd, or urge with steady force.
  • intransitive v. 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.
  • intransitive v. To urge with vehemence or importunity; to exert a strong or compelling influence.
  • transitive v. To force into service, particularly into naval service; to impress.
  • transitive 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
  • transitive v. To squeeze, in order to extract the juice or contents of; to squeeze out, or express, from something.
  • transitive v. To squeeze in or with suitable instruments or apparatus, in order to compact, make dense, or smooth; ; to smooth by ironing.
  • transitive v. To embrace closely; to hug.
  • transitive v. To oppress; to bear hard upon.
  • transitive v. To straiten; to distress.
  • transitive v. To exercise very powerful or irresistible influence upon or over; to constrain; to force; to compel.
  • transitive v. To try to force (something upon some one); to urge or inculcate with earnestness or importunity; to enforce.
  • transitive v. To drive with violence; to hurry; to urge on; to ply hard.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To exert weight or force against; bear down upon; act upon with weight or force; weigh heavily upon.
  • To compress; squeeze: as, to press fruit for the purpose of extracting the juice.
  • To clasp; hold in an embrace.
  • To reduce to a particular shape or form by pressure: as, to press cloth with an iron; to press a hat.
  • To drive or thrust by pressure; force in a certain direction: as, to press a crowd back.
  • To weigh upon; oppress; trouble.
  • To constrain or force to a certain end or result; urge strongly; impel.
  • To hasten; bring to pass or execute hastily.
  • To urge; beseech; entreat.
  • To seek earnestly; make request for; solicit.
  • To thrust upon others; enforce; impose.
  • To inculcate; impress upon the mind; urge as a doctrine, truth, fact, or rule of conduct.
  • To lay stress upon; attach special importance to; emphasize.
  • To throng; fill with a crowd or press.
  • To print.
  • To exert pressure or weight; specifically, to bear heavily.
  • To strain or strive eagerly; advance with eagerness or energetic efforts; hasten.
  • To crowd; throng.
  • To advance with force; encroach.
  • To approach unseasonably or importunately; obtrude one's self.
  • To importune.
  • To exert pressure, as by influence or moral force.
  • To force into service, especially into military or naval service; impress.
  • To act as a press-gang; force persons into military or naval service.
  • In golf, to strive to hit the ball harder than usual, or harder than it can be hit with accuracy, in order to gain greater distance.
  • n. The act of urging or pushing forward; a crowding or thronging.
  • n. A crowd; throng; multitude.
  • n. Abundance; plenty.
  • n. Pressure; the exertion of force; compulsion.
  • n. A critical situation; a position of danger or embarrassment; the state of being beset.
  • n. Urgency; urgent demands of affairs: as, press of business.
  • n. An instrument or machine by which anything is subjected to pressure (especially if the pressure is great), as by the use of hand-levers, the screw, hydraulic agency, or steam-power.
  • n. In the Jacquard loom, the mechanism which actuates the cylinder or prism and its cards to press back the needles or wires which are not to act, so as to disengage them from the lifting-bar.
  • n. Specifically, a machine for printing; a printing-press; hence, collectively, the agencies employed in producing printed matter.
  • n. The art of printing; hence, those who are engaged in printing or publishing.
  • n. That which is printed; the sum total of printed literature: specifically applied to newspapers and other periodical publications.
  • n. An upright case or cupboard in which clothes, books, china, or other articles are kept; specifically, in libraries, a bookcase, or a set of bookshelves.
  • n. In photography, same as printing-frame.
  • n. A printing-press used for printing cards.
  • n. An order or commission to impress men into public service, particularly into the army or navy.
  • n. A machine for forming, shaping, or working metal by stamping, drawing, or cutting.
  • n. A chitinous structure with attached pyramidal muscles in the silk-duct of lepidopterous and trichopterous larvæ (and certain hymenopterous larvæ as well) which serves to regulate the diameter of the silk threads and the amount of gum surrounding them.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make strenuous pushing movements during birth to expel the baby
  • 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
  • v. lift weights
  • v. squeeze or press together
  • n. a machine used for printing
  • v. crowd closely
  • v. exert pressure or force to or upon
  • v. create by pressing
  • n. a tall piece of furniture that provides storage space for clothes; has a door and rails or hooks for hanging clothes
  • n. the print media responsible for gathering and publishing news in the form of newspapers or magazines
  • n. the state of demanding notice or attention
  • n. a dense crowd of people
  • v. press and smooth with a heated iron
  • v. be urgent
  • v. force or impel in an indicated direction
  • v. to be oppressive or burdensome
  • n. the act of pressing; the exertion of pressure
  • v. ask for or request earnestly
  • n. any machine that exerts pressure to form or shape or cut materials or extract liquids or compress solids
  • n. a weightlift in which the barbell is lifted to shoulder height and then smoothly lifted overhead
  • n. clamp to prevent wooden rackets from warping when not in use
  • v. place between two surfaces and apply weight or pressure
  • v. press from a plastic

Etymologies

Middle English pressen, from Old French presser, from Latin pressāre, frequentative of premere, to press.
Alteration of obsolete prest, to hire for military service by advance payment, from Middle English, enlistment money, loan, from Old French, from prester, to lend, from Medieval Latin praestāre, from Latin, to furnish, from praestō, present, at hand.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English presse ("throng, crowd, clothespress"), partially from Old English press ("clothespress"), from Medieval Latin pressa, and partially from Old French presse (Modern French presse) from Old French presser ("to press"), from Latin pressāre from pressus, past participle of premere "to press". Displaced native Middle English thring ("press, crowd, throng") (from Old English þring ("a press, crowd, anything that presses or confines")). (Wiktionary)
Middle English pressen ("to crowd, thring, press"), from Old French presser ("to press") (Modern French presser) from Latin pressāre from pressus, past participle of premere "to press". Displaced native Middle English thringen ("to press, crowd, throng") (from Old English þringan ("to press, crowd")), Middle English thrasten ("to press, force, urge") (from Old English þrǣstan ("to press, force")), Old English þryscan ("to press"), Old English þȳwan ("to press, impress"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

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    McCain and Palin are laughing at the press -- and it's the press' fault

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  • A specialized type of hydraulic press is known as the “ram press”.

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  • Oh! the Lord help you not to draw back, but to press on, _press on, press on_, never minding the consequences.

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  • I did with the onions and scallions neither, barring by great luck they'd be in and under the press here -- (_running to look under the press_) -- which they are, praised be God! in the far corner.

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  • Thus, a vast concern is expressed for the “liberty of the press, ” and the utmost abhorrence of its “licentiousness”: but then, by the licentiousness of the press is meant every disclosure by which any abuse is brought to light and exposed to shame—by the “liberty of the press” is meant only publications from which no such inconvenience is to be apprehended; and the fallacy consists in employing the sham approbation of liberty as a mask for the real opposition to all free discussion.

    Fallacies of Anti-Reformers

  • The term press box is so familiar everyone feels like they know what goes on there.

    WHY is the FOUL POLE FAIR?

  • If the video game press is all about hype, then I suppose it'd be nice to remove press from the equation altogether.

    Unsure Whether To Be Horrified Or Jealous That I Wasn't There

  • America, of which the die was broken in the coining press, has been for a long time promised to distinguished persons, you will no doubt not be surprised at the interest which I take that neither the delicacy of the donors nor the desire of the legatees should be compromised.

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  • "Chiefly Northeastern U.S. An upright closet or case used for storing clothing, books, or other articles."

    - American Heritage Dictionary

    July 22, 2010

  • Impressment, in addition to being a dirty lame trick, was one of the main causes of the War of 1812.

    November 8, 2008

  • A foreigner has here nothing to fear from being pressed as a sailor, unless, indeed, he should be found at any suspicious place. A singular invention for this purpose of pressing is a ship, which is placed on land not far from the Tower, on Tower Hill, furnished with masts and all the appurtenances of a ship. The persons attending this ship promise simple country people, who happen to be standing and staring at it, to show it to them for a trifle, and as soon as they are in, they are secured as in a trap, and according to circumstances made sailors of or let go again.

    - Karl Philipp Moritz, Travels in England in 1782

    November 8, 2008