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"The world is really so surreal these days that it's necessary for us to blunt it somehow in order to stay sane. The artist functions to short-circuit the buffering mechanism, so that people can occasionally perceive the weirdness of things as they are."
- William Gibson

Pressor (Pressor Beam)  
  A force-field beam that pushes, rather than pulls.  

Onward and upward flashed the gigantic duplex cone, its entire whirling mass laced and latticed together—into one mammoth unit by green tractor beams and red pressors.
From Space Hounds of IPC, by E.E. 'Doc' Smith.
Published by Amazing Stories in 1931
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The phrase pressor beam is also used in the same book:

We'll have them in three days, and it ought to be fairly simple to dope out the opposite of a tractor, too - a pusher or presser beam.
The opposite of a pressor beam is, of course, a tractor beam.

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