Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One who presses clothes.
  • noun Any of various devices that apply pressure to a product in manufacturing or canning.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A part in a foundry molding-machine which presses down or rams the sand in the mold.
  • noun One who or that which presses. Especially
  • noun One who works a press of any kind.
  • noun In ceramics, the workman who molds the handles, ears, and decorative reliefs to be applied to a pottery vessel before firing.
  • noun One who inculcates or enforces with argument or importunity.
  • noun In machinery: In a knitting-machine, a bar which forces the barb of the needle into the groove of the shank to free the loop of yarn.
  • noun In a sewing-machine, the presser-foot which holds the fabric under the needle. See cut under presser-foot.
  • noun A form of ironing-machine.
  • noun In spinning, the pressure-roller of a drawing-frame, or the spring-finger of a bobbin-frame.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who, or that which, presses.
  • noun (Knitting machine) a bar or wheel which closes the barbs of the needles to enable the loops of the yarn to pass over them.
  • noun the part of a sewing machine which rests on the cloth and presses it down upon the table of the machine.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun media, slang A press release
  • noun media, slang A press conference or press briefing.
  • noun A person or device that removes wrinkles, usually from clothing.

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

press (“press release/press conference”) +‎ -er (“Variety -er”)

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

press +‎ -er (“agent -er”)

Examples

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  • "Everything’s hush-hush about Obama’s movements, but we do know he’ll be at the palace Friday for a 90-minute session with Sarkozy, followed by a press conference. That's a first: French leaders don’t do pressers with U.S. presidential candidates."

    The New York Times, Sobriety, Herr Obama, by Roger Cohen, July 21, 2008

    July 22, 2008