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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Press
An East Indian insectivore (Tupaia ferruginea). It is arboreal in its habits, and has a bushy tail. The fur is soft, and varies from rusty red to maroon and to brownish black.
verb Press
To force into service, particularly into naval service; to impress.

Etymology: Corrupt. fr. prest ready money advanced, a loan; hence, earnest money given soldiers on entering service. See Prest (n.)

noun Press
A commission to force men into public service, particularly into the navy.

Etymology: For prest, confused with press

verb Press
  1. To urge, or act upon, with force, as weight; to act upon by pushing or thrusting, in distinction from pulling; to crowd or compel by a gradual and continued exertion; to bear upon; to squeeze; to compress; as, we press the ground with the feet when we walk; we press the couch on which we repose; we press substances with the hands, fingers, or arms; we are pressed in a crowd. "Good measure, pressed down, and shaken together." [Luke vi. 38.]
  2. To squeeze, in order to extract the juice or contents of; to squeeze out, or express, from something."From sweet kernels pressed, She tempers dulcet creams." [Milton.]"And I took the grapes, and pressed them into Pharaoh's cup, and I gave the cup into Pharaoh's hand." [Gen. xl. 11.]
  3. To squeeze in or with suitable instruments or apparatus, in order to compact, make dense, or smooth; as, to press cotton bales, paper, etc.; to smooth by ironing; as, to press clothes.
  4. To embrace closely; to hug."Leucothoe shook at these alarms, And pressed Palemon closer in her arms." [Pope.]
  5. To oppress; to bear hard upon." Press not a falling man too far." [Shak.]
  6. To straiten; to distress; as, to be pressed with want or hunger.
  7. To exercise very powerful or irresistible influence upon or over; to constrain; to force; to compel."Paul was pressed in the spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus was Christ." [Acts xviii. 5.]
  8. To try to force (something upon some one); to urge or inculcate with earnestness or importunity; to enforce; as, to press divine truth on an audience."He pressed a letter upon me within this hour." [Dryden.]"Be sure to press upon him every motive." [Addison.]
  9. To drive with violence; to hurry; to urge on; to ply hard; as, to press a horse in a race."The posts . . . went cut, being hastened and pressed on, by the king's commandment." [Esther viii. 14.]

Note: Press differs from drive and strike in usually denoting a slow or continued application of force; whereas drive and strike denote a sudden impulse of force.

Etymology: F. presser, fr. L. pressare to press, fr. premere pressum, to press. Cf. Print (v.)

verb Press
  1. To exert pressure; to bear heavily; to push, crowd, or urge with steady force.
  2. To move on with urging and crowding; to make one's way with violence or effort; to bear onward forcibly; to crowd; to throng; to encroach."They pressed upon him for to touch him." [Mark iii. 10.]
  3. To urge with vehemence or importunity; to exert a strong or compelling influence; as, an argument presses upon the judgment.
noun Press
  1. An apparatus or machine by which any substance or body is pressed, squeezed, stamped, or shaped, or by which an impression of a body is taken; sometimes, the place or building containing a press or presses.
  2. Specifically, a printing press.
  3. The art or business of printing and publishing; hence, printed publications, taken collectively, more especially newspapers or the persons employed in writing for them; as, a free press is a blessing, a licentious press is a curse.
  4. An upright case or closet for the safe keeping of articles; as, a clothes press .
  5. The act of pressing or thronging forward."In their throng and press to that last hold." [Shak.]
  6. Urgent demands of business or affairs; urgency; as, a press of engagements.
  7. A multitude of individuals crowded together; � crowd of single things; a throng."They could not come nigh unto him for the press." [Mark ii. 4.]

Note: ☞ Presses are differently constructed for various purposes in the arts, their specific uses being commonly designated; as, a cotton press, a wine press, a cider press, a copying press, etc. See Drill press.

Etymology: F. presse. See 4th Press

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The act of pressing; the exertion of pressure ("he gave the button a press", "he used pressure to stop the bleeding", and "at the pressing of a button")
  2. A weightlift in which the barbell is lifted to shoulder height and then smoothly lifted overhead
  3. Any machine that exerts pressure to form or shape or cut materials or extract liquids or compress solids
  4. A machine used for printing
  5. Clamp to prevent wooden rackets from warping when not in use
  6. A tall piece of furniture that provides storage space for clothes; has a door and rails or hooks for hanging clothes
  7. The print media responsible for gathering and publishing news in the form of newspapers or magazines
  8. A dense crowd of people
  9. The state of demanding notice or attention ("the press of business matters")
  10. Ask for or request earnestly
  11. Force or impel in an indicated direction
  12. Lift weights ("This guy can press 300 pounds")
  13. Squeeze or press together ("she compressed her lips")
  14. Place between two surfaces and apply weight or pressure ("pressed flowers")
  15. Press and smooth with a heated iron ("press your shirts")
  16. Exert pressure or force to or upon ("He pressed down on the boards" and "press your thumb on this spot")
  17. Make strenuous pushing movements during birth to expel the baby
  18. Press from a plastic ("press a record")
  19. Create by pressing ("Press little holes into the soft clay")
  20. Crowd closely ("The crowds pressed along the street")
  21. 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
  22. To be oppressive or burdensome ("Something pressed on his mind")
  23. Be urgent ("This is a pressing problem")

Middle English presse (“throng, crowd, clothespress”), partially from Old English press (“clothespress”), from Medieval Latin pressa, and partially from Old French presse (Modern French presse) from Old French presser (“to press”), from Latin pressāre from pressus, past participle of premere "to press". Displaced native Middle English thring (“press, crowd, throng”) (from Old English þring (“a press, crowd, anything that presses or confines”)).

  1. (countable) A device used to apply pressure to an item.
    a flower
  2. (countable) A printing machine.
    Stop the !
  3. (uncountable) A collective term for the print-based media (both the people and the newspapers).
    according to a member of the ;  This article appeared in the .
  4. (countable) A publisher.
  5. (countable, especially in Ireland and Scotland) An enclosed storage space (e.g. closet, cupboard).
    Put the cups in the .  Put the ironing in the linen .
  6. (countable, weightlifting) An exercise in which weight is forced away from the body by extension of the arms or legs.
  7. (countable, wagering) An additional bet in a golf match that duplicates an existing (usually losing) wager in value, but begins even at the time of the bet.
    He can even the match with a .
  8. (countable) Pure, unfermented grape juice.
    I would like some Concord with my meal tonight.
  9. A commission to force men into public service, particularly into the navy.
  10. (obsolete) A crowd.

Middle English pressen (“to crowd, thring, press”), from Old French presser (“to press”) (Modern French presser) from Latin pressāre from pressus, past participle of premere "to press". Displaced native Middle English thringen (“to press, crowd, throng”) (from Old English þringan (“to press, crowd”)), Middle English thrasten (“to press, force, urge”) (from Old English þrǣstan (“to press, force”)), Old English þryscan (“to press”), Old English þȳwan (“to press, impress”).

    press was also found in the following language(s): German, Norwegian Bokmål, Spanish, and Swedish

    Notable Persons Named Press

    Press Maravich was a college coach. Press was born on August 29th, 1915. He breathed his last breath on April 15th, 1987.


    Press was born on January 13th, 1988 in Norman, Oklahoma. Press is also known as Taylor and Sherwood Press.


    Press Cruthers was a baseball player. Press was born on September 8th, 1890 in Marshallton, Delaware. He passed away on December 27th, 1976.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Press

    Christen Press is a soccer player for the Chicago Red Stars, List of Super Y-League clubs, Chadwick School, Stanford Cardinal, Pali Blues, MagicJack (WPS), Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC, Tyresö FF, United States women's national under-20 soccer team, and United States women's national under-23 soccer t. Christen was born on December 29th, 1988 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.


    Natalie Press is an actress. She was most active from 2001 to 2001. Natalie was born on August 15th, 1980 in London.


    Bill Press is a talk radio host, political commentator, author, and pundit. Bill was born in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.


    Tamara Press is an athlete. Tamara was born in Kharkiv.


    Irina Press was an athlete. Irina was born on March 10th, 1939 in Kharkiv, Ukraine. She passed away on February 21st, 2004.


    Frank Press is a scientist in the field of geophysics. Frank was born on December 4th, 1924 in Brooklyn.


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    Common last names for Press

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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Press U.S.
      White 86.36% 64.26%
      African American 6.59% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.50% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.35% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.40% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 3.79% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Press

    People with the last name Press are most frequently White

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    Fun Facts about the name Press

    • How Popular is the name Press? Press is the 24,417th most popular name of all time. As a last name Press was the 8,308th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Press have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 241 babies born with the first name Press in the United States. That's more than enough people named Press to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Press? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 8 new born babies.
    • When was Press first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Press is Saturday, October 15th, 1870.
    • What year had the most people named Press born? The highest recorded use of the first name Press was in 1926 with a total of 13 babies.
    • Weird things about the name Press: Your name in reverse order is Sserp. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Erssp. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Press? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 3,989 people with the last name Press.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Press? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Press as their last name.

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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