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To exert a physical force

absorb

verb

to take in a gas, liquid, or other substance

absorb

verb

to take in heat, light, or some other form of energy, instead of reflecting it

absorb

verb

to reduce the harmful effects of a physical force

conduct

verb

if something conducts heat or electricity, heat or electricity can move through it

decompress

verb

to reduce the pressure on something, especially air pressure

magnetise

a British spelling of magnetize

magnetize

verb

to make a piece of metal able to make iron or steel objects come to it so that they seem to stick to it

pressurise

a British spelling of pressurize

pressurize

verb

to make the pressure inside something such as a container different from the pressure outside

repel

verb

if one thing repels another, an electrical or magnetic force makes them move away from each other

hostile architecture

the design of buildings or public spaces in a way which discourages people from touching, climbing or sitting on them …

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boots on the ground

a situation in which a country's armed forces are physically present in an area of conflict …

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