from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or relating to pressures higher than normal, especially higher than atmospheric pressure.
- adj. Informal Using aggressive, persistent persuasive tactics: a high-pressure salesperson.
- adj. Informal Full of or imposing great stress or tension: a high-pressure job.
- transitive v. Informal To attempt to sell (something) or persuade (someone) by using aggressive, persistent tactics.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Operating with high pressures, such as several times atmospheric pressure but relative.
- adj. Tense, stressful.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having or involving a pressure greatly exceeding that of the atmosphere; -- said of steam, air, water, etc., and of steam, air, or hydraulic engines, water wheels, etc.
- adj. Fig.: Urgent; intense.
- adj. Using intense psychological pressure or other incentives to convince others to do things; aggressively persistent.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having a high rate of steam-pressure: as, a high-pressure engine. See high pressure, under pressure.
- Noting an engine which exhausts at atmospheric pressure as distinguished from a condensing-engine; hence, non-condensing. This use of the term is confusing and inadvisable.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. aggressively and persistently persuasive
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The sharp drop occurred after workers activated an emergency cooling mechanism known as a high-pressure coolant-injection system, or HPCI, to prevent the overheating of the reactor core.
It also uses a process called high-pressure pasteurization to make the juice without heating it.
This is business to business B2B sales, not one-call high-pressure sales.
From that angle, spelling bees can be seen as evidence that Americans will stop at nothing to make a buck, even if that involves subjecting children to a high-pressure competition involving obscure words they will never again have the need to use and whose definitions most of them never learn.
Perhaps their hormonal drives will always make them more physically competitive and better suited to high-pressure, teleological pursuits.
The findings included overstated promises of potential salaries after graduation and high-pressure tactics that pressed applicants to enroll before receiving information about financial aid.
The Post's Amy Shipley visited Miami Heat practice yesterday, after the team again failed to hit high-pressure, late-game shots, and players end up crying with "glossy eyes" in the locker room after losing to the Bulls on Sunday.
After high-pressure games against rivals, for example: Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, Washington has, at times, lacked focus in the next contest.
Central University of Nationalities (in Beijing) Uighur associate professor Ilham pointed out that the 7.5 incident had been violently suppressed and Xinjiang is now under high-pressure policies now.
The 3. 6-liter V-6 engine is an all-new design featuring double overhead camshafts (DOHC) and a high-pressure die-cast aluminum cylinder block in a 60-degree configuration.