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

  • adj. Demanding immediate attention; urgent: a pressing need. See Synonyms at urgent.
  • adj. Very earnest or persistent; insistent: a pressing invitation.
  • n. The process or an instance of applying pressure by means of a press.
  • n. A phonograph record pressed from a master mold or matrix.
  • n. A number of recordings pressed at the same time.
  • n. Urgent solicitation; insistence.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Needing urgent attention.
  • adj. Insistent, earnest, or persistent.
  • n. The application of pressure by a press or other means.
  • n. A metal or plastic part made with a press.
  • n. The process of improving the appearance of clothing by improving creases and removing wrinkles with a press or an iron.
  • n. A memento preserved by pressing, folding, or drying between the leaves of a flat container, book, or folio. Usually done with a flower, ribbon, letter, or other soft, small keepsake.
  • n. The extraction of juice from fruit using a press.
  • n. A phonograph record; a number of records pressed at the same time.
  • n. Urgent insistence.
  • v. Present participle of press.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Urgent; exacting; importunate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Requiring instant attention or action; urgent.
  • n. The act of one who presses; pressure.
  • n. What is expressed or squeezed out; what comes from a substance under pressure, as oil, juice, etc.
  • n. In ceramics, the process of forming vessels with plastic clay, in a mold or on a jigger, by hand.

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

  • n. the act of pressing; the exertion of pressure
  • adj. compelling immediate action
  • n. a metal or plastic part that is made by a mechanical press


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