press

Definitions

  • Early Chiswick Press Initials
    Early Chiswick Press Initials
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v press ask for or request earnestly "The prophet bid all people to become good persons"
    • v press force or impel in an indicated direction "I urged him to finish his studies"
    • v press lift weights "This guy can press 300 pounds"
    • v press squeeze or press together "she compressed her lips","the spasm contracted the muscle"
    • v press place between two surfaces and apply weight or pressure "pressed flowers"
    • v press press and smooth with a heated iron "press your shirts","she stood there ironing"
    • v press exert pressure or force to or upon "He pressed down on the boards","press your thumb on this spot"
    • v press make strenuous pushing movements during birth to expel the baby "`Now push hard,' said the doctor to the woman"
    • v press press from a plastic "press a record"
    • v press create by pressing "Press little holes into the soft clay"
    • v press crowd closely "The crowds pressed along the street"
    • v press 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 "The liberal party pushed for reforms","She is crusading for women's rights","The Dean is pushing for his favorite candidate"
    • v press to be oppressive or burdensome "weigh heavily on the mind", "Something pressed on his mind"
    • v press be urgent "This is a pressing problem"
    • n press the act of pressing; the exertion of pressure "he gave the button a press","he used pressure to stop the bleeding","at the pressing of a button"
    • n press a weightlift in which the barbell is lifted to shoulder height and then smoothly lifted overhead
    • n press any machine that exerts pressure to form or shape or cut materials or extract liquids or compress solids
    • n press a machine used for printing
    • n press clamp to prevent wooden rackets from warping when not in use
    • n press a tall piece of furniture that provides storage space for clothes; has a door and rails or hooks for hanging clothes
    • n press the print media responsible for gathering and publishing news in the form of newspapers or magazines
    • n press a dense crowd of people
    • n press the state of demanding notice or attention "the insistence of their hunger","the press of business matters"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Early Chiswick Press Devices Early Chiswick Press Devices
Cheese press Cheese press
STOP-PRESS NEWS STOP-PRESS NEWS
Franklin's press Franklin's press
Hoe octuple press Hoe octuple press
Hydraulic press Hydraulic press

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1998, Ten Speed Press publishing company published a book, "The Eat A Bug Cookbook" by David George Gordon that contains over 33 bug recipes
    • n Press A commission to force men into public service, particularly into the navy. "I have misused the king's press ."
    • Press A multitude of individuals crowded together; a crowd of single things; a throng. "They could not come nigh unto him for the press ."
    • Press 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 Press (Zoöl) 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.
    • Press An upright case or closet for the safe keeping of articles; as, a clothes press .
    • Press Specifically, a printing press.
    • Press The act of pressing or thronging forward. "In their throng and press to that last hold."
    • Press The art or business of printing and publishing; hence, printed publications, taken collectively, more especially newspapers or the persons employed in writing for them; as, a free press is a blessing, a licentious press is a curse.
    • Press 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."
    • Press To embrace closely; to hug. "Leucothoe shook at these alarms,
      And pressed Palemon closer in her arms."
    • Press 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."
    • Press To exert pressure; to bear heavily; to push, crowd, or urge with steady force.
    • v. t Press To force into service, particularly into naval service; to impress. "To peaceful peasant to the wars is pressed ."
    • Press 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. "They pressed upon him for to touch him."
    • Press To oppress; to bear hard upon. "Press not a falling man too far."
    • Press 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.
    • Press 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."
      "And I took the grapes, and pressed them into Pharaoh's cup, and I gave the cup into Pharaoh's hand."
    • Press To straiten; to distress; as, to be pressed with want or hunger.
    • Press 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."
    • Press To urge with vehemence or importunity; to exert a strong or compelling influence; as, an argument presses upon the judgment.
    • Press 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."
    • Press Urgent demands of business or affairs; urgency; as, a press of engagements.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The first CD pressed in the U.S. was Bruce Springsteen's 'Born in the USA.'
    • press To exert weight or force against; bear down upon; act upon with weight or force; weigh heavily upon.
    • press To compress; squeeze: as, to press fruit for the purpose of extracting the juice.
    • press To clasp; hold in an embrace.
    • press To reduce to a particular shape or form by pressure: as, to press cloth with an iron; to press a hat.
    • press To drive or thrust by pressure; force in a certain direction: as, to press a crowd back.
    • press To weigh upon; oppress; trouble.
    • press To constrain or force to a certain end or result; urge strongly; impel.
    • press To hasten; bring to pass or execute hastily.
    • press To urge; beseech; entreat.
    • press To seek earnestly; make request for; solicit.
    • press To thrust upon others; enforce; impose.
    • press To inculcate; impress upon the mind; urge as a doctrine, truth, fact, or rule of conduct.
    • press To lay stress upon; attach special importance to; emphasize.
    • press To throng; fill with a crowd or press.
    • press To print.
    • press To exert pressure or weight; specifically, to bear heavily.
    • press To strain or strive eagerly; advance with eagerness or energetic efforts; hasten.
    • press To crowd; throng.
    • press To advance with force; encroach.
    • press To approach unseasonably or importunately; obtrude one's self.
    • press To importune.
    • press To exert pressure, as by influence or moral force.
    • n press The act of urging or pushing forward; a crowding or thronging.
    • n press A crowd; throng; multitude.
    • n press Abundance; plenty.
    • n press Pressure; the exertion of force; compulsion.
    • n press A critical situation; a position of danger or embarrassment; the state of being beset.
    • n press Urgency; urgent demands of affairs: as, press of business.
    • n press 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. The object of the press may be to compress something into smaller compass, as a hay-press or cotton-press; to crush something and extract its juices, in which case it is named from the liquid produced, as a cider-press or wine-press; or to take a copy of something, with or without the use of a pigment, as a printing-press, a copying-press, or a seal-press.
    • n press 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 press Specifically, a machine for printing; a printing-press; hence, collectively, the agencies employed in producing printed matter. Some writers limit the use of the word press, as defining a printing-apparatus, to the hand printing-press, moved by hand-power, and call any form of printing-press moved by steam or otherwise, not by hand-power, a printing-machine. See printing-press.
    • n press The art of printing; hence, those who are engaged in printing or publishing.
    • n press That which is printed; the sum total of printed literature: specifically applied to newspapers and other periodical publications.
    • n press 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 press In photography, same as printing-frame.
    • n press A printing-press used for printing cards.
    • press To force into service, especially into military or naval service; impress.
    • press To act as a press-gang; force persons into military or naval service.
    • n press An order or commission to impress men into public service, particularly into the army or navy.
    • press 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 press A machine for forming, shaping, or working metal by stamping, drawing, or cutting. It consists essentially of a gate carrying a punch, to which a reciprocating motion is given by a crank-shaft and connecting-rod or pitman, or by a cam, and a die on which the material to be worked is placed. Such a machine is called a drawing-, coining-, stamping-, punching-press, etc., according to its use, and an arch, open-front, pillar, inclinable, single-acting, or double-acting press according to its construction. It may also be classified according to the articles made on it, as cartridge-, primer-, tin-can, shot-shell press, etc.
    • n press 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The owner of every hotel in Hastings, Nebraska, is required to provide each guest with a clean and pressed nightshirt. No couple, even if they are married, may sleep together in the nude. Nor may they have sex unless they are wearing one of these clean, white cotton nightshirts.
    • v.t Press pres to push on or against with a heavy weight or with great force: to squeeze out, as juice: to clasp or embrace: to bear heavily on: to distress: to urge strongly: to present to the mind with earnestness: to lay stress upon: to hurry on with great speed: to shape or smooth by the application of weight
    • v.i Press to exert pressure: to push with force: to crowd: to go forward with violence: to urge with vehemence and importunity: to exert a strong influence
    • n Press pres an instrument for squeezing bodies: a printing-machine: the art or business of printing and publishing: act of urging forward: urgency: strong demand: a crowd: a closet for holding articles
    • v.t Press pres to carry men off by violence to become soldiers or sailors
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Quotations

  • Wendell Phillips
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    “What gunpowder did for war the printing press has done for the mind.”
  • Robert Frost
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    “Pressed into service means pressed out of shape.”
  • Grace (Patricia) Kelly
    Grace (Patricia) Kelly
    “The freedom of the press works in such a way that there is not much freedom from it.”
  • Virgil
    Virgil
    “Press no further with hate.”
  • A. J. Liebling
    A. J. Liebling
    “Freedom of the press is limited to those who own one.”
  • James Reston
    James Reston
    “Europe has a press that stresses opinions; America a press, radio, and television that emphasize news.”

Idioms

Press the flesh - When people, especially politicians, press the flesh, they meet members of the public and shake their hands, usually when trying to get support.
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Pressed for time - If you are pressed for time, you are in a hurry or working against a very tight schedule.
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Yellow press - The yellow press is a term for the popular and sensationalist newspapers.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Corrupt. fr. prest, ready money advanced, a loan; hence, earnest money given soldiers on entering service. See Prest (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Corr. from old form prest, from O. Fr. prester (Fr. prêter), to lend—præstāre, to offer—præ, before, stāre, to stand.

Usage

In literature:

Leather covered Pressing Rollers for No.
"Textiles" by William H. Dooley
She pressed his hand warmly and lingeringly.
"The Root of Evil" by Thomas Dixon
With lips pressed together, and ears strained, Alan had heard every word.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
Press them gently down and two more on the first row get out of hand.
"Working With the Working Woman" by Cornelia Stratton Parker
We can scarcely blame men so ardent, so hard pressed.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
Within was a small toy cast-iron printing press.
"The Adventures of Bobby Orde" by Stewart Edward White
Cook until tender and press through a sieve with the water in which it was boiled.
"The Golden Age Cook Book" by Henrietta Latham Dwight
In a press that is true the knife should just clear the edge of the press.
"Bookbinding, and the Care of Books" by Douglas Cockerell
Arrived there, she stood still as one dazed, her hands pressed against her temples.
"Captain Desmond, V.C." by Maud Diver
I know what presses cost because my father is in the publishing business.
"Paul and the Printing Press" by Sara Ware Bassett
The prosecution was not pressed; and he was soon suffered to resume his literary pursuits in quiet.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
The upper board should be pressed down upon the wires while rolling them.
"How Two Boys Made Their Own Electrical Apparatus" by Thomas M. (Thomas Matthew) St. John
I think I would enjoy pressing this.
"Deathworld" by Harry Harrison
In a fortnight he gave notice to the Earl that pressing private engagements would require his departure.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
She lay, with her hands to her mouth, pressing back the great sobs that came from the depths of her heart.
"Rose O'Paradise" by Grace Miller White
The paper is fed into many modern presses by means of a machine attached to the press.
"Makers of Many Things" by Eva March Tappan
He seized a fold of her dress and pressed it to his lips.
"Under False Pretences" by Adeline Sergeant
In January, 1895, a third press, specially made for the work, was set up here in order that two presses might be employed on the Chaucer.
"The Art and Craft of Printing" by William Morris
The periodical press is as important as the newspaper press and is slightly more diversified.
"Area Handbook for Albania" by Eugene K. Keefe
He threw himself on his knees beside him, and pressed his stiffening hand to his heart.
"A Struggle for Rome, Vol. 2 (of 3)" by Felix Dahn
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In poetry:

Do you blame me that I loved him?
If when standing all alone
I cried for bread a careless world
Pressed to my lips a stone.
"A Double Standard" by Frances Ellen Watkins
While others gladly round her press
And at her side their hours beguile,
Has she no sigh for his distress
Who cannot see a single smile
"Lines inscribed on the wall of a dungeon in the southern p of i" by Anne Bronte
She reads to me the roll of fame,
And presses me to join the throng,
That surge and struggle for a name,
Among the gifted sons of song.
"To Miss Mary Bain" by David John Scott
But her breasts while I am pressing,
While to hers my lips I join,
Warm'd, she seems to taste the blessing,
And her kisses answer mine.
"Songs Set To Music: 17. Set" by Matthew Prior
I ceased to shed such happy tears,
I whisper'd comfort in your ears,
I press'd you closer to my heart,
Till mine no more could throb apart.
"You Told Me That You Loved Me" by James Avis Bartley
Timid and still, the elder had
Even then a smile too sweetly sad;
The crown of pain that all must wear
Too early pressed her midnight hair.
"The Singer" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Chris Young, The Canadian Press Files, The Canadian Press.
Jonathan Hayward, The Canadian Press, The Canadian Press.
Marc and Debra Tice, the parents of Austin Tice who is missing in Syria, speak during a press conference, at the Press Club, in Beirut , Lebanon, Monday, Nov 12, 2012.
Marc and Debra Tice, the parents of Austin Tice who is missing in Syria, speak during a press conference at the Press Club, in Beirut , Lebanon, Monday, Nov 12, 2012.
Henry Blodget wants to know if we're going to blast the Associated Press for falling for a hoax press release falsely purporting to be from General Electric.
Associated Press, Times-Dispatch Staff The Associated Press Published: October 25, 2012.
Transcripts of press briefings and statements from the White House Press Secretary.
LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press, By LARRY NEUMEISTER and CHRISTINA REXRODE, Associated Press.
The Associated Press, The Canadian Press.
Press Roundup provides a selected summary of news from the Iranian press, and excerpts where the source is in English.
COLUMBIA — A committee has been selected to integrate the University of Missouri Press with the academic and research missions of MU, which recently took control of the press.
Graham Hughes, The Canadian Press, The Canadian Press.
(The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz/ Associated Press ).
WILSON RING, Associated Press, By WILSON RING and ROB GILLIES, Associated Press.
Early press for baby Press.
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In science:

Fulton, Young Tableaux, Cambridge University Press, 1997.
Determinantal random point fields
Cambrige University Press, Cambrige, N.Y. e.a, 1985.
Hierarchic Models of Turbulence, Superfluidity and Superconductivity
Polchinski, “String Theory” Vol. I, (Cambridge University Press, 1998).
Worldsheet and Spacetime Properties of p-p' System with B Field and Noncommutative Geometry
Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press. (Original work published 1935) Shepard, R. N., and Metzler, J. (1971).
Combining Research Methods and Results from Psychology and Physics in the Investigation of Quantum Mechanics
Their Invariants and Representations, Princeton University Press, Princeton, N.J., 1939.
The Hodge Conjecture for general Prym varieties
Mackenzie: Lie groupoids and Lie algebroids in differential geometry, Cambridge University Press, 1987. K.
Generalized Lie bialgebroids and Jacobi structures
Polchinski, “String theory”, Cambridge University Press (1998).
Large N field theories from superstrings
Poggianti, B.M., Bressan, A., & Franceschini, A., 2000, ApJ Letters, in press.
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View
Weyl: The classical groups, Princeton University press, 1946.
Integrable Lattices: Random Matrices and Random Permutations
Witten, Superstring Theory, Cambridge University Press (1987); D.
Supersymmetry Breaking by Dimensional Reduction over Coset Spaces
Ser. (in press), Gas and Galaxy Evolution, ed. J.E.
AGN in the XMM-Newton first-light image as probes for the interstellar medium in the LMC
Watts, Smal l Worlds, Princeton University Press (Princeton)(1999).
Correlation effects in a simple model of small-world network
Bagger, 1992, Supersymmetry and Supergravity (Princeton University Press, Princeton).
M(atrix) Theory: Matrix Quantum Mechanics as a Fundamental Theory
Porteous, Topological geometry, Cambridge University Press, 1981.
Bicomplex algebra and function theory
Chuang, “Quantum Computation and Quantum Information”, Cambridge University Press (2000).
A Simple and Convenient Measure of NMR Rotor Fidelity
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