Words related to pressure

*per- (4)

Proto-Indo-European root meaning "to strike," an extended sense from root *per- (1) "forward, through."

It forms all or part of: compress; depress; espresso; express; impress (v.1) "have a strong effect on the mind or heart;" imprimatur; imprint; oppress; oppression; pregnant (adj.2) "convincing, weighty, pithy;" press (v.1) "push against;" pressure; print; repress; reprimand; suppress.

pressurization (n.)

"action or result of pressuring," 1937, from pressure (v.) + -ization.

acupressure (n.)

1859, name of a method (developed by J.Y. Simpson) of stopping surgical bleeding by pinning or wiring the artery shut, from Latin acus "a needle" (from PIE root *ak- "be sharp, rise (out) to a point, pierce") + pressure (n.). From 1958 in reference to the oriental body therapy also known as shiatsu (said to mean literally "finger-pressure" in Japanese).

high-pressure (adj.)

1824, of engines, from high (adj.) + pressure (n.). Of weather systems from 1891; of sales pitches from 1933.

pressurize (v.)

"produce or maintain pressure artificially" in an aircraft, etc., 1938 (implied in pressurized), from pressure (n.) + -ize. Related: Pressurizing.