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    Meaning of press

    This is my first post so I'm not quite sure this is the right board.I'm reading a book and I found this sentence and I don't know what press means here.

    She was screaming and moving towards the press. She started to pull out glasses, throwing them across the room.

    This girl is in her kitchen and very upset so she starts to smash glasses and plates but I don't know what press is. Is it some kind of cabinet? The kitchen counter? I hope someone can help.


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    Re: Meaning of press

    Quote Originally Posted by Cristina de Felipe View Post
    This is my first post so I'm not quite sure this is the right board.I'm reading a book and I found this sentence and I don't know what press means here.

    She was screaming and moving towards the press. She started to pull out glasses, throwing them across the room.

    This girl is in her kitchen and very upset so she starts to smash glasses and plates but I don't know what press is. Is it some kind of cabinet? The kitchen counter? I hope someone can help.
    Welcome to the forums.

    It's a type of cupboard: http://uk.geocities.com/ptgallery@bt...g/kennix20.jpg

    If the book is American, then it is probably a standard kitchen cupboard.

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    Re: Meaning of press

    Hi Anglika. Thanks so much for your welcome and your help.

    I guess it's just a standard cabinet since the character is a girl in her mid-twenties. I had never heard of that word before.

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    Re: Meaning of press

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Welcome to the forums.

    It's a type of cupboard: http://uk.geocities.com/ptgallery@bt...g/kennix20.jpg

    If the book is American, then it is probably a standard kitchen cupboard.
    I think it was (originally) fitted with some sort of device to keep the contents flat - for example, bedlinen in a "blanket-press". The modern ones don't press anything though.

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    Re: Meaning of press

    Please consider the following entry by Webster's Dictionary :
    press cupboard : English Furniture. a cupboard of the 16th and 17th centuries having an overhanging top above a recessed cabinet, beneath which is a section of drawers or cabinets.
    compare with or derived from : court cupboard.


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    Re: Meaning of press

    I think it is more that the contents [clothes, etc] were pressed together by being put one on top of another. There is no sign in old Welsh presses that there was anything else but a cupboard with or without drawers. Linen-presses using a screw and platens to smooth fabric date to around the same time that the printing press was introduced.

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    Re: Meaning of press

    Press Cupboard had drawers, which were to be pushed forward by applying force.
    Press should be percieved in this context only.
    Thus any cupboard which had drawers required to be pushed forward or 'Press'.

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