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noun (countable and uncountable; plural: pressures)
  1. (physics) The amount of force that is applied over a given area divided by the size of this area.
  • SI: pascal (Pa) (1 pascal equals 1 newton per square metre)
  • Others: bar (1 bar equals 100000 pascals), barye (Ba) (1 barye equals 0.1 pascal), pounds per square inch (psi, lbf/in2, lb/in2), torr, mmHg, atmosphere (atm)
    1. mental strain caused by one's own or others' expectations on one's own performance
  • She has been under lately because her boss expects her to get the job done two weeks early.
    Synonyms - under the pump, under the gun

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