High-pressure
High-pressure High"-pres`sure (?; 135), a. 1. Having or involving a pressure greatly exceeding that of the atmosphere; -- said of steam, air, water, etc., and of steam, air, or hydraulic engines, water wheels, etc. [1913 Webster]

2. Fig.: Urgent; intense; as, a high-pressure business or social life. [1913 Webster]

3. Using intense psychological pressure or other incentives to convince others to do things; aggressively persistent; as, high-pressure salesmen; high-pressure tactics. [PJC]

{High-pressure engine}, an engine in which steam at high pressure is used. It may be either a condensing or a noncondensing engine. Formerly the term was used only of the latter. See {Steam engine}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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