Hypertext Webster Gateway: "pressed"

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

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.

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.

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.

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) 1.7 (wn)

adj : compacted by ironing

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