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"I suspect that religion is a necessary evil in the childhood of our particular species. And that's one of the interesting things about contact with other intelligences: we could see what role, if any, religion plays in their development."
- Arthur C. Clarke

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.
Technovelgy from Spacehounds 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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