- 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
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WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH stressaccent, stress
Definition for stress (2 of 2)
Example sentences from the Web for stress
Fink stresses the need for Nigeria to train and deploy women into more prominent law enforcement roles.
Rather, Mahone is well aware of, and repeatedly stresses, the stunning rise to fame he has experienced.
The collective stresses that it has no intentions of museum-izing the materials it has gathered.
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."
Their mental functions are less stable naturally, and are subject to greater physical strains and stresses.Essays In Pastoral Medicine|Austin Malley
The impact stresses depend so much on local conditions that it is difficult to fix what allowance should be made.
For all these reasons the stresses due to the live load are greater than those due to the same load resting quietly on the bridge.
For shearing stresses the working stress may have 0.8 of its value for tension.
Except when the limiting stresses are of opposite sign, the two tables agree very well.
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.