- 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.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
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Origin of stress
OTHER WORDS FROM stress
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH stressaccent, stress
Definition for stress (2 of 2)
Example sentences from the Web for stress
Romeo was studying rats to see if stress affects adolescent and adult brains differently.Puberty can repair the brain’s stress responses after hardship early in life|Esther Landhuis|August 28, 2020|Science News
A small amount of stress may actually help kids build mental toughness.A bit of stress may help young people build resilience|Esther Landhuis|August 27, 2020|Science News For Students
The stress spiked hormone levels in both age groups similarly.
Workers are reporting longer hours, more stress, and an inability to disconnect.I’m a physician and a CEO. Why I won’t bring my employees back to the office before Labor Day 2021|matthewheimer|August 26, 2020|Fortune
That poses a stress to the animals because they’re selected for intense production—to produce milk or grow fast and produce a lot of muscle and fat.Biotechnology Could Change the Cattle Industry. Will It Succeed?|Dyllan Furness|August 16, 2020|Singularity Hub
At the time of the initial strikes, U.S. officials stressed repeatedly that the Americans were after Khorasan, not al Nusra.Spies Warned White House: Don’t Hit Al Qaeda in Syria|Shane Harris, Jamie Dettmer|November 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But the president also stressed the importance of hope and optimism.
Udall had stressed the line of attack so frequently that he was dubbed “Mark Uterus,” and it clearly backfired.
Greenberg stressed that the show was about offering solutions.The Mommy Blogger Who Tried to Kill Her Autistic Daughter Talks to Dr. Phil|Elizabeth Picciuto|October 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Frieden stressed once again that the virus can be stopped and that it is not airborne.CDC Director: First U.S. Ebola Patient ‘Critically Ill’|Abby Haglage|September 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
First of all is the forceful utterance of the stressed syllable; the Provençal has post-tonic syllables, unlike the sister-speech.Frdric Mistral|Charles Alfred Downer
The fine arts subjects such as painting and music were stressed in the seminaries.Hallowed Heritage: The Life of Virginia|Dorothy M. Torpey
Religion, on the other hand, has stressed mystery and accepted it in its own terms.The Necessity of Atheism|Dr. D.M. Brooks
You use more force for the stressed than for the unstressed vowels, that is to say, you put more breath into them.The Sounds of Spoken English|Walter Rippmann
Something stirred in Jason's mind, with the feeling of a long unused muscle being stressed.Deathworld|Harry Harrison
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.