- 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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These fossils didn’t show the big clusters of dark stress bands.Ancient Lystrosaurus tusks may show the oldest signs of a hibernation-like state|Susan Milius|September 16, 2020|Science News
In that case, the MRI is a “ghost” of that prior inflammation and stress, she says.College athletes show signs of possible heart injury after COVID-19|Aimee Cunningham|September 11, 2020|Science News
For one, if you’re a competitive athlete or bodybuilder that regularly puts a lot of stress on your muscles, BCAAs may help your body recover faster so you can train more often.BCAA supplements can enhance your workout, but should you take them?|Amy Schellenbaum|September 10, 2020|Popular Science
Inspiring to read about the hard work, ongoing learning, and level of stress necessary for greatness.Book recommendations from Fortune’s 40 under 40 in tech|Rachel King|September 4, 2020|Fortune
Ricardo, upon noticing my incessant micromanagement and stress, said, “As a CEO, you need to be the most incompetent person in the room.”The advice that helped this year’s 40 under 40 find their own path|kdunn6|September 3, 2020|Fortune
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)
suffix forming nouns
Word Origin for -stress
Medical definitions 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.