Definition of pressurize in US English:

pressurize

verb

[with object]
  • 1Produce or maintain raised pressure artificially in (a gas or its container)

    ‘the mixture was pressurized to 1,900 atmospheres’
    ‘a pressurized can’
    • ‘Methanol fuel cells can work off small, nonpressurized cartridges of the liquid while hydrogen-fuelled PEFCs require pressurized hydrogen gas.’
    • ‘Ever so often, the roar of the crowd was drowned in the roar of the twin burners letting out flames, fed by a mixture of butane and propane, pressurised with nitrogen.’
    • ‘We saw in the previous sections that packaged bacteriophage capsids are pressurized with pressures as high as 60 atm.’
    • ‘It has developed a nanoporous material into which they can load highly pressurised hydrogen.’
    • ‘Similarly, pressurizing a gas, or forcibly squeezing its molecules closer together, reduces its volume.’
    • ‘However, that spare fuel mostly remains inside pressurized tanks once the rocket stage is discarded into Earth orbit.’
    • ‘In one exemplary embodiment, an apparatus includes a pressurization cylinder, and a piston which is slidable within the cylinder to pressurize a gas.’
    • ‘This fitting design actually pressurizes the fuel tank and forces gasoline out of the fill pipe and it flows into the bilge.’
    • ‘I'm fairly certain that the Motorola product doesn't pressurize the methanol and thus with no pressure, there's nothing to explode at all.’
    • ‘These portable torches use pressurized tanks of propane and, if handled carelessly, can be hazardous.’
    • ‘It uses a highly efficient, super-clean way of burning coal called pressurized fluidized bed combustion.’
    • ‘And of course, pressurizing the gas requires the input of more energy.’
    • ‘The gas mixture is pressurized by a compressor to a pressure less than 750 psia, and preferably less than 420 psia, for safety reasons, and supplied to a heat exchanger.’
    • ‘The R-36M used a gas-dynamic method for the first and second stages whereby special ports are opened through which the propellant tanks are pressurized.’
    • ‘Soft mechanical noises were the only warning as valves opened pressurized tanks of corrosive acid.’
    • ‘In a nutshell, CO2s are extracted by pressurizing carbon dioxide until it becomes a liquid.’
    • ‘The bottles are pressurized with CO2 so that when the beer is forced into the bottles under pressure it doesn't foam up too much.’
    • ‘This consists of an airtight bag, which is pressurised by means of a manual pump.’
    • ‘We use the largest expanding foam kit available: two five gallon pressurized containers.’
    • ‘The actuator valve assembly and suction tube is screwed onto the cylinder and the tank is pressurized with a standard tire inflation system.’
    1. 1.1 Maintain a tolerable atmospheric pressure in (an aircraft cabin) at a high altitude.
      ‘a pressurized cabin’
      • ‘The atmosphere in the cabin is pressurized to about the same as Denver altitude.’
      • ‘All they have to do is pressurize the cabin and get your box to the right place.’
      • ‘When the aircraft pressurizes, it seals itself so it can't be opened, or blown open, during flight.’
      • ‘The fully air conditioned and pressurised cabin can be configured for passenger transport, for mixed passenger and cargo or for all-cargo operations.’
      • ‘Because the Shuttle cabin is pressurized, the flute worked the same in space, with one exception: in the near-weightless environment, the flute practically held itself aloft.’
      • ‘Fortunately for him, the engine room was pressurized with an atmosphere or the bubble might have exploded out into the room.’
      • ‘The cabin wasn't pressurized, so the pilots had to wear oxygen masks in the cockpit.’
      • ‘If the cabin is pressurized, do not descend at a rate exceeding the value calculated by the flight engineer, and either adjust automatic pilot for descent or turn it OFF.’
      • ‘The skin expands and becomes smooth as the crew compartment is pressurised when the aircraft gains altitude.’
      • ‘‘Although aircraft cabins are pressurized, being on an aircraft is not the same as being at home,’ says Dr. Claypool.’
      • ‘Both the Fokker F27 and the Fokker 50 aircraft have pressurised cabins allowing them to fly above weather conditions and providing a smoother flight.’
      • ‘The aircraft is pressurised and air conditioned in the cockpit and cargo compartment.’
      • ‘The cabins are pressurised to 70% of the oxygen at sea level - thus, you get tipsy.’
      • ‘The cabin wasn't pressurized and no one was hurt.’
      • ‘In aircraft, pressurized to an altitude of 2,134 m, these effects would likely be enhanced.’
      • ‘If you had your choice of any pressurized, six-passenger single-engine aircraft available today, which one would you choose and why?’
      • ‘Fuselages on virtually all modern airline transports and executive aircraft are pressurized.’
      • ‘The alleged error - which was apparently not spotted by the aircraft's pilots - meant that the cabin failed to pressurise automatically.’
      • ‘For this reason, we have pressurized the cabin by means of two superchargers, either of which will maintain correct air density in the cabin.’
      • ‘Stay off planes for at least 13 hours after diving: Even pressurized cabins in commercial aircraft can bring on decompression sickness, i.e., the dreaded bends.’
  • 2Attempt to persuade or coerce (someone) into doing something.

    with object and infinitive ‘people had been pressurized to vote’
    ‘the protests were an attempt to pressurize the government into bringing an end to the violence’
    • ‘Patients, their families and relatives will also be asked to pressurise local politicians to force the Government to halt the cutbacks.’
    • ‘We need to pressurise the Government to raise finances not close wards.’
    • ‘This gives the family enough time to pressurize the girl and influence the nature of the statement she gives.’
    • ‘The more we pressurize an ordinary child to perform like a highly talented one, the greater and faster will be his/her degeneration.’
    • ‘The ref was warning them for most of the game but ended up, with English players pressurising him, carding our guys!’
    • ‘With this pattern of play we find most of the players concentrated in a small area of the pitch, all of one team harassing and pressurising the man in possession.’
    • ‘Small businesses urged the public to pressurise the government to swiftly follow the example of neighbouring countries and introduce tax relaxations for small businesses.’
    • ‘It is vital that the clergy's attempts to pressurise politicians are rebuffed.’
    • ‘If a creditor is pressurising you for payment, it may be because the company is not aware of your financial circumstances.’
    • ‘Also, the media, especially television and the Internet, are full of gift ideas so that people are pressurised to start spending money long before the event.’
    • ‘Her manager is forever pressurising her into pushing banking products at customers and upbraiding her if she doesn't reach the expected quota.’
    • ‘Fortunately, the woman's parents informed the hospital that their daughter's husband was an alcoholic and was pressurizing her to sell her kidney.’
    • ‘We find people are increasingly pressurised in their jobs and we can remove the administrative heartache for many of them.’
    • ‘The waiters were pressurising me to make a decision, so I took the easiest option and swapped the fillet steak for plain old chicken.’
    • ‘They must stop pressurising the child to perform beyond his or her capabilities.’
    • ‘We've never pressurised you into studying, and we are not at all unhappy with your marks, so why are you in such a state?’
    • ‘Sadly though, our binge culture does pressurise young people into believing that inebriation is essential for enjoyment.’
    • ‘He reputedly felt music promoters were pressurising him to root his musical programme in the past rather than play oddities that challenge as well as entertain an audience.’
    • ‘In fact, he argues, it is the standard education system which pressurises children.’
    • ‘Full disclosure postings are an effective means to pressurise vendors into producing more secure software, he argues.’
    coerce, pressure, press, push, persuade, influence, force, squeeze, bulldoze, hound, harass, nag, harry, badger, goad, prod, pester, browbeat, brainwash, bully, bludgeon, intimidate, dragoon, twist someone's arm, strong-arm
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Pronunciation

pressurize

/ˈprɛʃəˌraɪz//ˈpreSHəˌrīz/