Etymology 1 Edit
Middle English ( presse “ throng, crowd, clothespress ”), partially from Old English ( press “ clothespress ”), from Medieval Latin , and partially from pressa Old French (Modern presse French ) from presse Old French ( presser “ to press ”), from Latin from pressāre , past participle of pressus "to press". Displaced native premere Middle English ( thring “ press, crowd, throng ”) (from Old English ( þring “ a press, crowd, anything that presses or confines ”)).
press ( , countable and uncountable plural ) presses
( countable ) A device used to apply pressure to an item.
a flower press
( countable ) A printing machine.
Stop the presses!
( uncountable ) A collective term for the print-based media (both the people and the newspapers).
according to a member of the press; This article appeared in the press.
: 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 22, The Mirror and the Lamp
From another point of view, it was a place without a soul. The well-to-do had hearts of stone; the rich were brutally bumptious; the Press, the Municipality, all the public men, were ridiculously, vaingloriously self-satisfied.
2013 August 10, Lexington, “ Keeping the mighty honest”, , volume 408, number 8848: The Economist
British journalists shun complete respectability, feeling a duty to be ready to savage the mighty, or rummage through their bins. Elsewhere in Europe, government contracts and subsidies ensure that press barons will only defy the mighty so far.
( countable ) A publisher.
( countable , chiefly in Ireland and Scotland ) An enclosed storage space (e.g. closet, cupboard).
Put the cups in the press. Put the ironing in the linen press.
1879, Richard Jefferies, , The Amateur Poacher chapter1:
But then I had the [massive] flintlock by me for protection. ¶
[… ] The linen- press and a chest on the top of it formed, however, a very good gun-carriage; and, thus mounted, aim could be taken out of the window at the old mare feeding in the meadow below by the brook, and a 'bead' could be drawn upon Molly, the dairymaid, kissing the fogger behind the hedge, [… ].
( countable , weightlifting ) An exercise in which weight is forced away from the body by extension of the arms or legs.
1974, Charles Gaines & George Butler, Pumping Iron: The Art and Sport of Bodybuilding, p.22:
This is the fourth set of benchpresses. There will be five more; then there will be five sets of
presses on an inclined bench [… ].
( countable , wagering ) An additional bet in a golf match that duplicates an existing (usually losing) wager in value, but begins even at the time of the bet.
He can even the match with a press.
( countable ) Pure, unfermented grape juice.
I would like some Concord press with my meal tonight. A commission to force men into public service, particularly into the navy.
Derived terms Edit
device used to apply pressure
Etymology 2 Edit
Middle English ( pressen “ to crowd, thring, press ”), from Old French ( presser “ to press ”) (Modern French ) from presser Latin from pressāre , past participle of pressus "to press". Displaced native premere Middle English ( thringen “ to press, crowd, throng ”) (from Old English ( þringan “ to press, crowd ”)), Middle English ( thrasten “ to press, force, urge ”) (from Old English ( þrǣstan “ to press, force ”)), Old English ( þryscan “ to press ”), Old English ( þȳwan “ to press, impress ”).
press ( third-person singular simple present , presses present participle , pressing simple past and past participle pressed or ) prest
( transitive, intransitive ) to exert weight or force against, to act upon with with force or weight
( transitive ) to compress, squeeze
to press fruit for the purpose of extracting the juice
( transitive ) to clasp, hold in an embrace; to hug
She took her son, and press'd
The illustrious infant to her fragrant breast ( Dryden, Illiad, VI. 178.)
( transitive ) to reduce to a particular shape or form by pressure, especially flatten or smooth
to press cloth with an iron
to press a hat
( transitive , sewing ) To flatten a selected area of fabric using an iron with an up-and-down, not sliding, motion, so as to avoid disturbing adjacent areas.
( transitive ) to drive or thrust by pressure, to force in a certain direction
to press a crowd back
( transitive , obsolete ) to weigh upon, oppress, trouble
He turns from us;
Alas, he weeps too! Something presses him
He would reveal, but dare not.-Sir, be comforted. ( Fletcher, Pilgrim, I. 2.)
( transitive ) to force to a certain end or result; to urge strongly, impel
To try to force (something upon someone); to urge or inculcate.
to press the Bible on an audience
pressed a letter upon me within this hour. Addison
Be sure to
press upon him every motive.
( transitive ) to hasten, urge onward
to press a horse in a race
( transitive ) to urge, beseech, entreat
God heard their prayers, wherein they earnestly pressed him for the honor of his great name. ( Winthrop, Hist. New England, II. 35)
( transitive ) to lay stress upon, emphasize
If we read but a very little, we naturally want to press it all; if we read a great deal, we are willing not to press the whole of what we read, and we learn what ought to be pressed and what not. ( M. Arnold, Literature and Dogma, Pref.)
( transitive, intransitive ) to throng, crowd
( transitive , obsolete ) to print To force into service, particularly into naval service.
To peaceful peasant to the wars is
Derived terms Edit
to apply pressure
押す ( (ja) おす, osu) Korean:
누르다 ( (ko) nureuda) Latin:
prêssi ( Jersey ) Persian:
فشردن ( (fa) fešordan) Portuguese:
, prensar pressionar (pt) Quechua:
нажима́ть (ru) ( impf nažimátʹ), жать (ru) ( impf žatʹ), нажа́ть (ru) ( pf nažátʹ), дави́ть (ru) ( impf davítʹ), надави́ть (ru) ( pf nadavítʹ) Sardinian:
, caccigai , craccai aprettai Logudorese:
, abbattigare , abbattire carcare Spanish:
prensar , (es) presionar , (es) oprimir (es) Swedish:
trycka (sv) Thai:
ดัน ( (th) dan), กด ( (th) gòt) Urdu:
( دبانا dabānā) Vietnamese:
ấn , (vi) ép (vi)
to smooth cloth with an iron
to indicate that a story is being printed
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Norwegian Bokmål Edit
press ( m plural ) press
press ( exercise )
press; a tool that applies pressure (to make things flat, to make juice) a (printing)
stop the presses
the press (newspapers, journalism as a branch of society)
pressure a muscle exercise that applies pressure
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