- 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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Examples from the Web for stresses
Fink stresses the need for Nigeria to train and deploy women into more prominent law enforcement roles.
Starr stresses that universities are required under Title IX to investigate and intervene in sexual assault cases.
In one segment, she stresses how important a good latte is—and "no one does it better than New York."
Blaine stresses that he was not called to inspect the rail site.
And throughout her interview, Maynard stresses the importance of her family during this heart-wrenching time.The Beautiful Newlywed Who Made the Right Change Its Mind on Physician-Assisted Death|Samantha Allen|October 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The writer handles this metre skilfully; the stresses coincide generally with the natural accent and the rhymes are good.
We give you the job of figuring out the stresses and strains involved.Islands of Space|John W Campbell
The main centre of the beam is supported by a “gallows-frame” of timbers so arranged as to receive all stresses longitudinally.A History of the Growth of the Steam-Engine|Robert H. Thurston
Mr. Direck's mind was in a perplexity only too common during the stresses of that tragic year.Mr. Britling Sees It Through|H. G. Wells
The following table will show at a glance how the stresses proposed vary with the unit stresses governing the main sections.The Anatomy of Bridgework|William Henry Thorpe
British Dictionary definitions for stresses
- force or a system of forces producing deformation or strain
- the force acting per unit area
Derived forms of stressstressful, adjectivestressfully, adverbstressfulness, noun
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Medicine definitions for stresses
Science definitions for stresses
- 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 stresses (1 of 2)
Culture definitions for stresses (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.