urgent; demanding immediate attention: a pressing need.
any phonograph record produced in a record-molding press from a master or a stamper.
a number of such records produced at one time: The fifth pressing of his hit song has sold out.

1300–50; Middle English presing (gerund); see press1, -ing2, -ing1

pressingly, adverb
pressingness, noun
nonpressing, adjective

1. crucial, vital, critical, imperative. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To non-pressing
World English Dictionary
pressing (ˈprɛsɪŋ)
1.  demanding immediate attention
2.  persistent or importunate
3.  a large specified number of gramophone records produced at one time from a master record
4.  a component formed in a press
5.  football the tactic of trying to stay very close to the opposition when they are in possession of the ball

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

"crowd, multitude," early 13c., from O.Fr. presse (11c.), from L. pressare (see press (v.1)). Sense of "to urge, compel, force" (now mostly in adj. pressing, 1705) is recorded from late 14c. Basketball defense so called from 1961. Meaning "machine for squeezing" (e.g. winepress)
is recorded from mid-14c., from M.Fr. presse. Specific sense "machine for printing" is from 1530s; extended to publishing houses by 1570s and to publishing generally (in phrases like freedom of the press) c.1680. This gradually shifted c.1800-1820 to "periodical publishing, journalism." Meaning "journalists collectively" is attested from 1926. Press agent is from 1883; press conference is attested from 1937, though the thing itself dates to at least World War I. Press secretary is recorded from 1959.

"push against," c.1300, from O.Fr. preser (13c.), from L. pressare "to press," frequentative of pressus, p.p. of premere "to press, hold fast, cover, crowd, compress," from PIE *prem-/*pres- "to strike." Weight-lifting sense is attested from 1908.

"force into service," 1578, alteration (by association with press (v.1)) of prest (c.1360) "engage by loan, pay in advance," especially money paid to a soldier or sailor on enlisting, from L. præstare "to provide," from præ- "before" + stare "to stand," from PIE
base *sta- "to stand" (see stet). Related to præsto (adv.) "ready, available."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature