From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Press \Press\, n. (Zool.)
   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
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Press \Press\, v. t. [Corrupt. fr. prest ready money advanced, a
   loan; hence, earnest money given soldiers on entering
   service. See Prest, n.]
   To force into service, particularly into naval service; to
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         To peaceful peasant to the wars is pressed. --Dryden.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Press \Press\, n. [For prest, confused with press.]
   A commission to force men into public service, particularly
   into the navy.
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         I have misused the king's press.         --Shak.
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   Press gang, or Pressgang, a detachment of seamen under
      the command of an officer empowered to force men into the
      naval service. See Impress gang, under Impress.

   Press money, money paid to a man enlisted into public
      service. See Prest money, under Prest, a.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Press \Press\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pressed; p. pr. & vb. n.
   Pressing.] [F. presser, fr. L. pressare to press, fr.
   premere, pressum, to press. Cf. Print, v.]
   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.
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            Good measure, pressed down, and shaken together.
                                                  --Luke vi. 38.
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   2. To squeeze, in order to extract the juice or contents of;
      to squeeze out, or express, from something.
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            From sweet kernels pressed,
            She tempers dulcet creams.            --Milton.
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            And I took the grapes, and pressed them into
            Pharaoh's cup, and I gave the cup into Pharaoh's
            hand.                                 --Gen. xl. 11.
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   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.
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   4. To embrace closely; to hug.
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            Leucothoe shook at these alarms,
            And pressed Palemon closer in her arms. --Pope.
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   5. To oppress; to bear hard upon.
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            Press not a falling man too far.      --Shak.
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   6. To straiten; to distress; as, to be pressed with want or
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   7. To exercise very powerful or irresistible influence upon
      or over; to constrain; to force; to compel.
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            Paul was pressed in the spirit, and testified to the
            Jews that Jesus was Christ.           --Acts xviii.
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   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.
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            He pressed a letter upon me within this hour.
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            Be sure to press upon him every motive. --Addison.
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   9. To drive with violence; to hurry; to urge on; to ply hard;
      as, to press a horse in a race.
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            The posts . . . went cut, being hastened and pressed
            on, by the king's commandment.        --Esther viii.
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   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.
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   Pressed brick. See under Brick.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Press \Press\, v. i.
   1. To exert pressure; to bear heavily; to push, crowd, or
      urge with steady force.
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   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.
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            They pressed upon him for to touch him. --Mark iii.
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   3. To urge with vehemence or importunity; to exert a strong
      or compelling influence; as, an argument presses upon the
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Press \Press\, n. [F. presse. See 4th 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.
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   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.
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   2. Specifically, a printing press.
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   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
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   4. An upright case or closet for the safe keeping of
      articles; as, a clothes press. --Shak.
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   5. The act of pressing or thronging forward.
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            In their throng and press to that last hold. --Shak.
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   6. Urgent demands of business or affairs; urgency; as, a
      press of engagements.
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   7. A multitude of individuals crowded together; ? crowd of
      single things; a throng.
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            They could not come nigh unto him for the press.
                                                  --Mark ii. 4.
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   Cylinder press, a printing press in which the impression is
      produced by a revolving cylinder under which the form
      passes; also, one in which the form of type or plates is
      curved around a cylinder, instead of resting on a flat

   Hydrostatic press. See under Hydrostatic.

   Liberty of the press, the free right of publishing books,
      pamphlets, or papers, without previous restraint or
      censorship, subject only to punishment for libelous,
      seditious, or morally pernicious matters.

   Press bed, a bed that may be folded, and inclosed, in a
      press or closet. --Boswell.

   Press of sail, (Naut.), as much sail as the state of the
      wind will permit.
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