- 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.
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Definition for stress (2 of 2)
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|Carrie Arnold|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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.
Then French obstetricians advocated that the method would reduce pain and create a birthing environment free of stress.
He was slapped, grabbed in the face, placed in stress positions, placed in standing sleep deprivation, and doused with water.
But our hands are hard and leathery now and our muscles no longer creak and pain 100 under the stress.Conscript 2989|Irving Crump
Thus reclining, the storm and stress of life dissolve—there is no thought, no care, no desire.Nature Near London|Richard Jefferies
And yet, after the stress of war, she had sacrificed all that she held most dear in order to become the friend of Weirmarsh.The Doctor of Pimlico|William Le Queux
The stress of organizing and founding these great works is practically over.The Lady of the Shroud|Bram Stoker
It had a trick of turning an evil red under the stress of anger or emotion.Satan Sanderson|Hallie Erminie Rives
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)
suffix forming nouns
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Medicine definitions for stress
Science 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.
Culture definitions for stress (1 of 2)
Culture 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.