- importance attached to a thing: to lay stress upon good manners.
- Phonetics. emphasis in the form of prominent relative loudness of a syllable or a word as a result of special effort in utterance.
- Prosody. accent or emphasis on syllables in a metrical pattern; beat.
- emphasis in melody, rhythm, etc.; beat.
- the physical pressure, pull, or other force exerted on one thing by another; strain.
- the action on a body of any system of balanced forces whereby strain or deformation results.
- the amount of stress, usually measured in pounds per square inch or in pascals.
- a load, force, or system of forces producing a strain.
- the internal resistance or reaction of an elastic body to the external forces applied to it.
- the ratio of force to area.
- Physiology. a specific response by the body to a stimulus, as fear or pain, that disturbs or interferes with the normal physiological equilibrium of an organism.
- physical, mental, or emotional strain or tension: Worry over his job and his wife's health put him under a great stress.
- a situation, occurrence, or factor causing this: The stress of being trapped in the elevator gave him a pounding headache.
- Archaic. strong or straining exertion.
- to lay stress on; emphasize.
- Phonetics. to pronounce (a syllable or a word) with prominent loudness: Stress the first syllable of “runner.” Stress the second word in “put up with.”Compare accent(def 18).
- to subject to stress or strain.
- Mechanics. to subject to stress.
- to experience stress or worry: Don't stress about the turkey; I promise it will be delicious. Dad is always stressing out over his job.
Origin of stress
- a feminine equivalent of -ster: seamstress; songstress.
Origin of -stress
Examples from the Web for stress
Obsessive exercising and inadequate nutrition can, over time, put people at high risk for overuse injuries like stress fractures.How Skinny Is Too Skinny? Israel Bans ‘Underweight’ Models
January 8, 2015
Nor do these studies address the structural and systematic issues that contribute to obesity, such as poverty and stress.Why Your New Year’s Diet Will Fail
December 30, 2014
It also means not having to stress about cleaning out your DVR.Four TV Shows We Can’t Wait to Return In 2015
December 22, 2014
Then French obstetricians advocated that the method would reduce pain and create a birthing environment free of stress.Are Water Births Toxic to Babies?
December 12, 2014
He was slapped, grabbed in the face, placed in stress positions, placed in standing sleep deprivation, and doused with water.Inside the CIA’s Sadistic Dungeon
December 9, 2014
The girl in the chair was shaking soundlessly under the stress of her emotions.
The girl's answer was uttered with nervous eagerness which revealed her own stress of fear.
We were right, it seems, in putting some stress on that "perjured" when we first met it.The Man Shakespeare
All trace of stress and strain had left it, replaced by an enigmatic calm.The Bacillus of Beauty
But now, when the stress came, all this philanthropy fell away.In the Valley
- special emphasis or significance attached to something
- mental, emotional, or physical strain or tension
- emphasis placed upon a syllable by pronouncing it more loudly than those that surround it
- such emphasis as part of a regular rhythmic beat in music or poetry
- a syllable so emphasized
- force or a system of forces producing deformation or strain
- the force acting per unit area
- (tr) to give emphasis or prominence to
- (tr) to pronounce (a word or syllable) more loudly than those that surround it
- (tr) to subject to stress or strain
- informal (intr) to become stressed or anxious
- indicating a woman who performs or is engaged in a certain activitysongstress; seamstress Compare -ster (def. 1)
Word Origin and History for stress
c.1300, "hardship, adversity, force, pressure," in part a shortening of Middle French destresse (see distress), in part from Old French estrece "narrowness, oppression," from Vulgar Latin *strictia, from Latin strictus "compressed," past participle of stringere "draw tight" (see strain (v.)). The purely psychological sense is attested from 1942.
c.1300, "to subject (someone) to force or compulsion," from the source of stress (n.). The figurative meaning "put emphasis on" is first recorded 1896, from notion of laying pressure on something by relying on it. Related: Stressed; stressing.
- An applied force or system of forces that tends to strain or deform a body.
- The resisting force set up in a body as a result of an externally applied force.
- A physical or psychological stimulus that can produce mental tension or physiological reactions that may lead to illness.
- The force per unit area applied to an object. Objects subject to stress tend to become distorted or deformed. Compare strain. See also axial stress shear stress. See more at Hooke's law.
- A physiologic reaction by an organism to an uncomfortable or unfamiliar physical or psychological stimulus. Biological changes result from stimulation of the sympathetic nervous system, including a heightened state of alertness, anxiety, increased heart rate, and sweating.
- The stimulus or circumstance causing such a reaction.