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Definition of Press


  1. 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.
  2. To force into service, particularly into naval service; to impress.
  3. A commission to force men into public service, particularly into the navy.
  4. 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.
  5. To squeeze, in order to extract the juice or contents of; to squeeze out, or express, from something.
  6. 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.
  7. To embrace closely; to hug.
  8. To oppress; to bear hard upon.
  9. To straiten; to distress; as, to be pressed with want or hunger.
  10. To exercise very powerful or irresistible influence upon or over; to constrain; to force; to compel.
  11. 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.
  12. To drive with violence; to hurry; to urge on; to ply hard; as, to press a horse in a race.
  13. To exert pressure; to bear heavily; to push, crowd, or urge with steady force.
  14. 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.
  15. To urge with vehemence or importunity; to exert a strong or compelling influence; as, an argument presses upon the judgment.
  16. 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.
  17. Specifically, a printing press.
  18. 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.
  19. An upright case or closet for the safe keeping of articles; as, a clothes press.
  20. The act of pressing or thronging forward.
  21. Urgent demands of business or affairs; urgency; as, a press of engagements.
  22. A multitude of individuals crowded together; / crowd of single things; a throng.

Press Quotations

If you press me to say why I loved him, I can say no more than because he was he, and I was I.
Michel de Montaigne

Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe.
Thomas Jefferson

No government ought to be without censors; and where the press is free no one ever will.
Thomas Jefferson

The press, the machine, the railway, the telegraph are premises whose thousand-year conclusion no one has yet dared to draw.
Friedrich Nietzsche

When adversity strikes, that's when you have to be the most calm. Take a step back, stay strong, stay grounded and press on.
LL Cool J
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Press Translations

press in Afrikaans is pers, druk
press in Danish is presse, trykke
press in Dutch is pers
press in Finnish is puristaa
press in French is pressons, presse, serre, pressent, pressez, serrer
press in Italian is premere, pressare, premo
press in Portuguese is imprensa
press in Spanish is oprimir, prensa, prensar, apretar

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