- 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)
- stresemann, gustav,
- stress ball,
- stress fracture,
- stress mark,
- stress out,
- stress position
Origin of stress
Examples from the Web for stressed
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
Despite the high numbers, the CDC has stressed the notion that a quick response may render them “very unlikely.”CDC’s Worst Case Scenario: 1.4 Million Ebola Cases|Abby Haglage|September 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It stressed intuition rather than sensation, direct perception of ultimate truth rather than the processes of logic.The American Spirit in Literature,|Bliss Perry
As to the old Chinese social and political experience, the Kuomintang stressed study of China's past.Government in Republican China|Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger
Aristotle emphasized man's altruistic traits, Hobbes stressed his egoistic disposition.Introduction to the Science of Sociology|Robert E. Park
He stressed the absurdity of surrendering for a crime committed ten years before and forgotten.The Breaking Point|Mary Roberts Rinehart
Don't you think that cook has stressed the onions a little in the stew to-day?
- force or a system of forces producing deformation or strain
- the force acting per unit area
Word Origin 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.
- 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.
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.