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pressing

Definitions

  • Early Chiswick Press Initials
    Early Chiswick Press Initials
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj pressing compelling immediate action "too pressing to permit of longer delay","the urgent words `Hurry! Hurry!'","bridges in urgent need of repair"
    • n pressing 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 pressing a metal or plastic part that is made by a mechanical press
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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
    • a Pressing Urgent; exacting; importunate; as, a pressing necessity.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: During the California gold rush of 1849, miners sent their laundry to Honolulu for washing and pressing. Due to the extremely high costs in California during these boom years, it was deemed more feasible to send their shirts to Hawaii for servicing.
    • n pressing The act of one who presses; pressure.
    • n pressing What is expressed or squeezed out; what comes from a substance under pressure, as oil, juice, etc.
    • pressing Requiring instant attention or action; urgent.
    • n pressing In ceramics, the process of forming vessels with plastic clay, in a mold or on a jigger, by hand.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first CD pressed in the U.S. was Bruce Springsteen's 'Born in the USA.'
    • adj Pressing urgent: importunate: forcible
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Quotations

  • Wendell Phillips
    Wendell%20Phillips
    “What gunpowder did for war the printing press has done for the mind.”
  • 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.”
  • Albert Camus
    Albert%20Camus
    “A free press can, of course, be good or bad, but, most certainly without freedom, the press will never be anything but bad.”
  • Maureen Dowd
    Maureen Dowd
    “Wooing the press is an exercise roughly akin to picnicking with a tiger. You might enjoy the meal, but the tiger always eats last.”

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

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. presser—L. pressārepremĕre, pressum, to squeeze.

Usage

In literature:

She pressed him tenderly to her heart, felt his breath on her breast and the joyous tears slowly poured down her cheeks.
"The Southerner" by Thomas Dixon
In March a third edition was put to the press; and in the same month the story was dramatized and acted with the greatest success.
"James Fenimore Cooper" by Thomas R. Lounsbury
He had not pressed her.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
This headsize wire must not press unduly upon any part of the head.
"Make Your Own Hats" by Gene Allen Martin
Tearless, voiceless, she held her hand pressed firmly on her heart.
"Debit and Credit" by Gustav Freytag
He pressed his pupil to his bosom, and blessed him with a choking voice.
"Henrietta Temple A Love Story" by Benjamin Disraeli
Her face was very close as she pressed on him.
"Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House)" by James S. De Benneville
The jeweller arrived, and, pressing his hand to his heart, bowed before Honain.
"Alroy The Prince Of The Captivity" by Benjamin Disraeli
This press was finally supplanted by the Washington press, invented by Samuel Rust in 1829.
"Hidden Treasures" by Harry A. Lewis
The household scissors were too dull to cut it, hence the sheep shears were pressed into service by Lacy.
"Watch Yourself Go By" by Al. G. Field
There was the look upon his face as of a man who presses back a little.
"The Seventh Noon" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
She pressed him back to look into his eyes, but even through the growing gloom she could see the blue-veined lids were closed.
"The Secret of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
Press the cork in rather firmly, so that it is air-tight, but do not jam it in.
"Common Science" by Carleton W. Washburne
Lady Middleton too, though she did not press their mother, pressed them.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
Walpurga pressed her hand to her heart.
"On the Heights" by Berthold Auerbach
And leaning forward suddenly, he pressed his thin lips to her forehead.
"The Gambler" by Katherine Cecil Thurston
He had pressed Alida, perhaps too urgently, to a declaration.
"Alida" by Amelia Stratton Comfield
He took her hands and pressed them, with difficulty restraining his tears.
"The Patriot" by Antonio Fogazzaro
He pressed this to his ear.
"Whispering Wires" by Henry Leverage
The Turks press hard, yet we may hold them at bay a little longer; but our race is indeed grown old, and our glory, too.
"God Wills It!" by William Stearns Davis
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In poetry:

Apart, with thee to press
A private business; -
Whence,
Deign me audience.
"To The Dead Cardinal Of Westminster" by Francis Thompson
I press my thin face to the pane,
Drearily;
But never will he come again.
(Wearily.)
"Woman’s Portion" by Madison Julius Cawein
A temple, whose high dome
Rose from a water-cup;
And from its altar to Thy throne
May we press on and up!
"Dedication Of A Temperance Hall" by Mary Baker Eddy
Candles around the yellow head–
And on her breast
Blossoms as wan as her dead cheek
Mine own had pressed.
"Haunted" by Anna Johnston MacManus
Lily! lady of the garden!
Let me press my lip to thine!
Love must tell its story, Lily!
Listen thou to mine.
"The Lily Confidante" by Henry Timrod
All the holy righteous dead,
All the martyrs bleeding,
Are but just gone on a-head,
Press on—never heeding.
"Pilgrim" by Benjamin Cutler Clark

In news:

Charles Rex Arbogast, The Associated Press, Vancouver Sun With Files From Reuters, The Associated Press, Mike Hager And Zoe Mcknight.
CANADIAN PRESS, The Canadian Press.
Greenerd Press & Machine Company, Inc, Nashua, NH, recently completed construction of a 562-ton triple-action draw press with a 280-ton cushion and 30-ton ram-mounted knockout.
FREE PRESS STAFF The Free Press.
Press-Register/Rena Havner Philipis Kindergarten students at Eichold-Mertz Elementary in Mobile listened to a Press-Register reporter read " Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad" today as part of Read for the Record.
The new press joins its existing 5-color Edale Alpha press.
Steven Medd, The Press-Enterprise/The Associated Press Henry Sandoz of Mountain Pass, Calif, was photographed in the shade below the Mojave Cross in the Mojave National Preserve in 2001.
Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press, via Associated Press.
The press shop at the Racine, WI, manufacturing facility of InSinkErator has added a zig- zag press-feeding system supplied by CWP and Formtek Maine, Clinton, ME.
Republican Gov Tom Corbett, pressed by a reporter at a Pittsburgh press conference yesterday, expressed confusion over the voter ID requirements that he signed into law.
Edale, a UK manufacturer of web fed flexographic printing presses and converting equipment, has announced the sale of another Alpha compact press into Germany.
Associated Press, JournalNow Staff The Associated Press Published: October 06, 2012.
Adel Hana, The Associated Press, The Associated Press.
GILLIAN WONG,Associated Press Associated Press.
ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press, By ANNE FLAHERTY and JULIE PACE, Associated Press.
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In science:

The Clarendon Press Oxford University Press, New York, 1993.
Restricted exchangeable partitions and embedding of associated hierarchies in continuum random trees
Woodhouse N.M.J., Geometric quantization, Oxford Mathematical Monographs, The Clarendon Press, Oxford University Press, New York, 1980.
Noncommutativity and Duality through the Symplectic Embedding Formalism
Princeton University Press, Princeton, N.J.; University of Tokyo Press, Tokyo, 1979.
The Langlands-Shahidi Method for the metaplectic group and applications
The Clarendon Press Oxford University Press, New York, 1996.
The law of the iterated logarithm for a class of transient random walk in random environment
The Clarendon Press Oxford University Press, New York, 1996.
Random walk on discrete point processes
Monte Carlo methods in statistical physics, The Clarendon Press, Oxford University Press, New York, 1999. S. D.
The Tutte-Potts connection in the presence of an external magnetic field
The Clarendon Press Oxford University Press, New York, 1995., Oxford Science Publications. John Thompson.
Sparse fusion systems
The Clarendon Press Oxford University Press, New York, 1994.
Commutators in groups definable in o-minimal structures
The Clarendon Press, Oxford University Press, New York, 1995.
On simple endotrivial modules
Macdonald, Symmetric functions and Hal l polynomials, Oxford Mathematical Monographs, second ed., Oxford Science Publications, The Clarendon Press Oxford University Press, New York, 1995.
A compositional shuffle conjecture specifying touch points of the Dyck path
The Clarendon Press Oxford University Press, New York, 1994.
A Jordan decomposition for groups of finite Morley rank
Oxford Mathematical Monographs (2007), The Clarendon Press Oxford University Press.
The global random attractor for a class of stochastic porous media equations
Chakrabarti (Wiley-VCH, Berlin, 2010) and monographs on Econophysics published by the distinguished presses like Cambridge University Press (e.g., by R.N.
Fifteen Years of Econophysics Research
Press et al., Numerical Recipes in C, Cambridge University Press, 1992.
Results from a Prototype Chicane-Based Energy Spectrometer for a Linear Collider
Clarendon Press Oxford University Press, New York, 1995.
Torsion units in integral group rings of Conway simple groups
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