- 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.
Origin of stress
OTHER WORDS FROM stress
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH stressaccent, stress
Other definitions for stress (2 of 2)
WORDS THAT USE -STRESS
What does -stress mean?
The form -stress is a suffix that marks a feminine agent noun, which indicates a person who does an action. This suffix is occasionally used in a variety of informal terms, but it has lost popularity in recent years. Increasingly, -stress is seen as an unnecessarily gendered suffix for forming agent nouns because it identifies the “doer” as female.
The suffix -stress is a combination of two similar suffixes: Old English -estre, which marked female agent nouns, and Old French -esse (see -ess), a common feminine ending for nouns.
What are variants of -stress?
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Examples of -stress
The song- part of the word here refers to the tunes that are sung. The suffix -stress denotes a female agent, or “doer,” and songstress therefore literally means “female singer of songs.”
What are some words that use the suffix -stress?
What are some other forms that -stress may be commonly confused with?
Not every word that ends with the letters -stress is necessarily using the suffix -stress to denote a female agent noun. Some words that end with -stress, such as mistress, are still reserved (though not without due criticism) for women. However, other words, such as distress and its derivative stress, share the letters -stress purely as a coincidence.
How to use stress in a sentence
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|Carrie Arnold|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Yes, cops are under stress and tension (though their jobs are far less dangerous than normally supposed).
Nor do these studies address the structural and systematic issues that contribute to obesity, such as poverty and stress.
It also means not having to stress about cleaning out your DVR.
Moreover, trucks, dust, and boomtown stress are the effects of any large-scale industrial activity.
Feeling himself irresistibly driven by the sudden stress to some kind of action, he sprang to his feet—and screamed!Three More John Silence Stories|Algernon Blackwood
This description is only imperfect in this point that sufficient stress is not laid on the words fall off.Violins and Violin Makers|Joseph Pearce
Although many British actors and musicians were participants in this theater, it often suffered from financial stress.Hallowed Heritage: The Life of Virginia|Dorothy M. Torpey
They looked over the parapet because that method was more sure and quick, and the stress of the battle was great.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
It is not necessary to repeat the outlines of his political attitude during the storm and stress of Wallace's memorable struggle.King Robert the Bruce|A. F. Murison
British Dictionary definitions for stress (1 of 2)
- force or a system of forces producing deformation or strain
- the force acting per unit area
Derived forms of stressstressful, adjectivestressfully, adverbstressfulness, noun
Word Origin for stress
British Dictionary definitions for stress (2 of 2)
Word Origin for -stress
Scientific definitions for stress
- 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.
Cultural definitions for stress (1 of 2)
Cultural definitions for stress (2 of 2)
A physical factor, such as injury, or mental state, such as anxiety, that disturbs the body's normal state of functioning. Stress may contribute to the development of some illnesses, including heart disease and cancer.