- 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)
Origin of stress
Examples from the Web for stressed
Contemporary Examples of stressed
But the president also stressed the importance of hope and optimism.Obama: Lamest Duck Ever?
November 6, 2014
Udall had stressed the line of attack so frequently that he was dubbed “Mark Uterus,” and it clearly backfired.For Conservatives, Liberal Tears Taste Sweet
November 5, 2014
Greenberg stressed that the show was about offering solutions.The Mommy Blogger Who Tried to Kill Her Autistic Daughter Talks to Dr. Phil
October 1, 2014
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’
September 30, 2014
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
September 23, 2014
Historical Examples of stressed
The Captain was taken aback by these three words, which Mr. Blood had stressed.Captain Blood
There are no silent letters, and all syllables are stressed equally.Legends of Wailuku
Religion, on the other hand, has stressed mystery and accepted it in its own terms.The Necessity of Atheism
Dr. D.M. Brooks
The need of emotional preparedness for marriage must be stressed.
All of which stressed the beauty he had noticed the day before.Mercenary
Dallas McCord Reynolds
- 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.