Definition of pressing in US English:



  • 1(of a problem, need, or situation) requiring quick or immediate action or attention.

    ‘inflation was the most pressing problem’
    ‘he had pressing business in Albany’
    • ‘For professionals accustomed to finding quick resolutions to pressing financial challenges, that can be frustrating.’
    • ‘Nowadays, Congress desperately needs to turn its attention to the pressing issues of national security and the economy.’
    • ‘The media's attention was diverted away from the pressing agenda of how to help the region's poor break the cycle of poverty.’
    • ‘The nations of the world, after the first world war, realized the pressing necessity for a world peace organization.’
    • ‘He readily conceded that he did not pay attention to less pressing matters during the fall.’
    • ‘The principle of proportionality requires the House to consider whether there was a pressing necessity to impose a legal rather than an evidential burden on the accused.’
    • ‘Ultimately it is designed to cover up the social causes of crime, to divert attention from the pressing issues of unemployment, homelessness and related social ills.’
    • ‘The claimant states that it called evidence which in its view did establish a clear and, if those adjectives are considered appropriate, an immediate and pressing need for such facilities.’
    • ‘Throughout the conference, our Cuban colleagues called attention to the pressing need for printed matter - journals and textbooks.’
    • ‘In Bollywood though, there is clearly a section of people who are glad he is using his celebrity status to draw attention to a pressing social cause.’
    • ‘Those marches benefited from looming battles that trained participants' attention on a pressing matter at hand.’
    • ‘After all, there are only two ways to divert the attention of the international community from the more pressing and immediate problems of abject hunger and poverty.’
    • ‘Perhaps she isn't the only celebrity distracting the public's attention from the pressing issues at hand.’
    • ‘The finance ministers do not have any immediately pressing issues to discuss, unlike at some meetings in the past.’
    • ‘Most pertinent among them is the country's economic situation, which has wiped out people's savings and focused their attention on more pressing matters.’
    • ‘Moreover, other pressing concerns dominated the attention of the time period.’
    • ‘With such a pressing need for quick diagnoses, ‘a rapid, accurate and sensitive pen-side test would be helpful,’ says Bostock.’
    • ‘The Government has been accused of targeting the drinks industry unfairly to divert public attention from more pressing issues.’
    • ‘To companies facing immediate, pressing storage problems, NAS offers a robust, ready, and reasonably easy solution.’
    • ‘Except this was not war, there were no other pressing issues that demanded his immediate attention so he could forget his pain.’
    urgent, critical, crucial, acute, desperate, serious, grave, dire, drastic, burning, extreme, life-and-death
    important, of the utmost importance, high-priority, pivotal, critical, crucial, compelling, demanding, necessary, key, vital
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    1. 1.1 Expressing something strongly or persistently.
      ‘a pressing invitation’
      • ‘What is needed, as this book shows, is a feeling for the persistence of the past, a pressing curiosity, and a passionate interest in the precise details of place.’
      • ‘It is unusual in our time to hear or read someone declare that conscience tells them to change their strongest beliefs and sacrifice their most pressing desires.’
      • ‘She says she won't come back to California, nor will she go to France despite a pressing invitation.’
      • ‘But the pressing darkness, the incessant bass thumping of her heart…’
      • ‘Once you've determined how much to tip, the next pressing question is: when?’
      insistent, persistent, determined, resolute, tenacious, obstinate, dogged, unrelenting, importunate
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  • 1A phonograph record or other object made by the application of force or weight.

    • ‘And I came in with a new Trammps record on a Friday, so I said ‘Dominic, I really got to get some test pressings of this.’’
    • ‘The next stage is the manufacture of machines that Vestex are putting out that will allow people to make their own vinyl pressings.’
    • ‘The first 20,000 pressings came with a Star of David pendant.’
    • ‘Early pressings of Working for the Man include a second disc of B-sides and rarities that greatly enhances the collection's appeal.’
    • ‘All records issued with picture covers unless stated. Test pressings are w/o picture covers unless stated.’
    • ‘It's another pressing from the Paramount Trek mold.’
    • ‘The sonics, a major improvement over the original harsh and thin-sounding early digital pressings, warrant repurchase for those who love these performances.’
    • ‘Floor pressings, suspension units, engines and transmissions were much the same and the maker could ring changes with the bodywork.’
    • ‘After scrimping and saving more pennies, we mustered the low budget to get some promotional pressings done.’
    • ‘Surman had gathered a few of his mates for a farewell jam session in an East End recording studio, and though a few test pressings were made, the master tapes were lost for over 30 years.’
    1. 1.1 A series of objects pressed at one time.
      ‘the first pressing of the live album’
      • ‘There are no remixes or bonus tracks with this pressing, just the original 14 tracks.’
      • ‘With their self-titled debut CD now in a second pressing, the trio is to hit the stage Saturday and Sunday at Tin Pan Alley as part of Jazz City.’
      • ‘This is special for me, as I don't even have pressings of my own back catalogue!’
      • ‘First it was with shows, they would pull the plug on me, now the CD duplicator doesn't want to do the second pressing of the album because they think it's too filthy.’
      • ‘Davis pieced portions of the album from one-off pressings of records that were never intended for commercial release, individual vinyl postcards and doodles from long ago (hence the title).’
      • ‘The ‘cover up’ no doubt resulted in a wave of trade-ins from purchasers of the record's original pressing.’
      • ‘A songwriting credit was given to the Motor City Madman in later pressings of the record.’
      • ‘One example of this is when I myself purchased a dance record first pressing from the 1990's which was very rare and I got it for £14.’
      • ‘To me, these feel definitive, the pressings that these records have always deserved, and it's nice to be able to hear them for the first time again.’
      • ‘The first issue of the CDs has now sold out and a second pressing has been undertaken to satisfy the demand.’
      • ‘Initial pressings include a limited edition companion disc featuring remixes by Moby and Air, as well as a re-recording of the notorious Hunky Dory outtake ‘Shadowman.’’
      • ‘Instead, some really, really valuable punk records (first pressing of Gary Gilmore's Eyes, for example) were left out for the binmen.’
      • ‘After two more pressings, Beulah decided to issue the record with Japanese cover art, most likely because of lead singer Miles Kurosky's stay in Tokyo.’
    2. 1.2 An act or instance of applying force or weight to something.
      ‘pure-grade olive oil is the product of the second or third pressings’
      • ‘There can be oil, however, from second or even third pressings of the oil.’
      • ‘There was just one mill willing to do custom pressing.’
      • ‘Hot isostatic pressing of aluminum castings reduces porosity and can thus decrease the scatter in mechanical properties.’
      • ‘Iain describes the scene: the bright, hot estate, the straw hats, the flagons filling while Mestre Alabaça watches his art going forth, not the Mouchão or the Dom Rafael but the traditional pressings, vino currente, the current wine.’
      • ‘Another factor in olive oil quality and character is the type of pressing.’
      • ‘Alternate drying and pressing until books are thoroughly dry.’
      • ‘Most independent labels manufacture about 5,000 to 20,000 units for the first round of pressing.’
      • ‘Shiraz grapes ready for the new pressing at Dindiloa Wines.’
      • ‘The grape pulp could be subject to a second pressing, or even, after being soaked for a day, a third, to produce a thin drink for slaves.’
      • ‘It is the largest single location of pressings and full systems engineering in Europe.’
      • ‘There is an association with drunkenness, too, among hundreds of cuckoo-related legends, because it's taken as being the signal for the brewers of apple cider to start drinking the first of last autumn's pressings.’
      • ‘While one student feeds the leaves into a pressing machine another presses the pedal.’
      • ‘This season we have picked enough for one pressing every week, sometimes two pressings.’
      • ‘Because it locks you into a fluid up and down movement, the Smith machine is an excellent tool for overhead pressing.’
      • ‘Borage Oil is extracted from the seeds of borage by first cold pressing.’
      • ‘While the long-term effects of nightly cornea pressing are unknown, the lenses are considered to be safe.’