AskDefine | Define press

Dictionary Definition



1 newspaper writers and photographers [syn: fourth estate]
2 the state of urgently demanding notice or attention; "the press of business matters" [syn: imperativeness, insistence, insistency, pressure]
3 the gathering and publishing of news in the form of newspapers or magazines [syn: public press]
4 a machine used for printing [syn: printing press]
5 a dense crowd of people [syn: crush, jam]
6 a tall piece of furniture that provides storage space for clothes; has a door and rails or hooks for hanging clothes [syn: wardrobe, closet]
7 clamp to prevent wooden rackets from warping when not in use
8 any machine that exerts pressure to form or shape or cut materials or extract liquids or compress solids [syn: mechanical press]
9 a weightlift in which the barbell is lifted to shoulder height and then smoothly lifted overhead [syn: military press]
10 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" [syn: pressure, pressing]


1 exert pressure or force to or upon; "He pressed down on the boards"; "press your thumb on this spot"
2 force or impel in an indicated direction; "I urged him to finish his studies" [syn: urge, urge on, exhort]
3 to be oppressive or burdensome; "weigh heavily on the mind", "Something pressed on his mind" [syn: weigh]
4 place between two surfaces and apply weight or pressure; "pressed flowers"
5 squeeze or press together; "she compressed her lips"; "the spasm contracted the muscle" [syn: compress, constrict, squeeze, compact, contract]
6 crowd closely; "The crowds pressed along the street"
7 create by pressing; "Press little holes into the soft clay"
8 be urgent; "This is a pressing problem"
9 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" [syn: crusade, fight, campaign, push, agitate]
10 press from a plastic; "press a record" [syn: press out]
11 make strenuous pushing movements during birth to expel the baby; "`Now push hard,' said the doctor to the woman" [syn: push]
12 lift weights; "This guy can press 300 pounds" [syn: weight-lift, weightlift]
13 ask for or request earnestly; "The prophet bid all people to become good persons" [syn: bid, beseech, entreat, adjure, conjure]

User Contributed Dictionary


Etymology 1

Via Middle English from Old French, compare French presse



  1. A device used to apply pressure to an item.
    ...a flower press.
  2. A collective term for the print based media (both the people and the newspapers)
    This article appeared in the press.
    ...according to a member of the press...
  3. An enclosed storage space (eg closet, cupboard).
    Put the cups in the press.
  4. General term for a printing machine.
    Stop the presses!
  5. An exercise in which weight is forced away from the body by extension of the arms or legs.
device used to apply pressure
  • Czech: lis
  • Dutch: pers /
  • Galician: prensa
  • German: Presse
  • Japanese: qualifier for flowers 押し花器; qualifier for pants ズボンプレス, ズボンプレッサー, パンツプレス, パンツプレッサー; 圧搾機
  • Portuguese: prensa
  • Spanish: prensa
printed media
  • Czech: tisk
  • Dutch: pers /
  • Finnish: lehdistö
  • Galician: prensa
  • German: Presse
  • trreq Hebrew
  • Italian: stampa
  • Japanese: 報道
  • Portuguese: imprensa
  • Spanish: prensa
enclosed storage space
printing machine
  • Dutch: pers /
  • German: Druckerpresse
  • Japanese: 印刷機
  • Portuguese: imprensa
  • Spanish: prensa
  • Japanese: プレス
  • Spanish: pres, prensa

Etymology 2

Via Middle English from Old French, compare French presser


  1. To apply pressure to an item.
    Press any key
  2. (with "gone"): To indicate that a story is being printed.
    That story has gone to press.
Derived terms
to apply pressure
  • Arabic:
  • Chinese: , (yā)
  • Czech: tisknout, stisknout
  • Dutch: drukken
  • Finnish: painaa
  • French: presser
  • Galician: prensar, presionar
  • German: drücken
  • Hindi: दबाना (dabānā)
  • Hungarian: nyom, megnyom, benyom
  • Italian: premere
  • Japanese: 押す
  • Korean: 누르다 (nureuda)
  • Portuguese: prensar, pressionar
  • Russian: нажимать (nažimát’)
  • Spanish: prensar, presionar
  • Swedish: trycka
to indicate that a story is being printed

See also

Extensive Definition

Press may refer to:
In publishing:
In industry and home economics:
  • Machine press, a machine that shapes material by the application of pressure
  • Hydraulic press, a machine press operating by hydraulic pressure
  • Flypress, a machine that cuts material by pressing with a sharp edged mold or tool
  • Linen-press, a cabinet for storing household textiles and clothing.
  • Trouser press, an appliance to remove wrinkles from trousers
  • RAM press, a patented machine used to press clay in the pottery business
  • Pressing or ironing, the process of pressing wrinkles out of (or into) clothes
  • A method of straightening curly hair, primarily used by African-Americans, that uses a hot comb
In food preparation:
  • French press, a device for coffee preparation
  • Fruit press, a press used to extract juice from grapes and apples
  • Garlic press, a device to crush garlic cloves for cooking.
  • Ram press (food), a device used to extract juice from fruits, like grapes, apples and oil from crushed oil seeds
In music:
In sports:
  • Clean and press, a weight-training exercise, and one of the three lifts contested in the sport of weightlifting until 1972
  • Military press, a weight-training exercise
In military:
  • Impressment, a method of involuntary recruitment by a Navy department
press in German: Presse
press in Spanish: Prensa
press in Basque: Prentsa
press in French: Presse
press in Italian: Pressa
press in Japanese: プレス
press in Norwegian Nynorsk: Presse
press in Polish: Prasa
press in Portuguese: Imprensa
press in Dutch: Pers
press in Japanese: プレス
press in Russian: Печать
press in Urdu: پریس

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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