importance attached to a thing: to lay stress upon good manners.
Phonetics. emphasis in the form of prominent relative loudness of a syllable or a word as a result of special effort in utterance.
Prosody. accent or emphasis on syllables in a metrical pattern; beat.
emphasis in melody, rhythm, etc.; beat.
the physical pressure, pull, or other force exerted on one thing by another; strain.
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.
Physiology. a specific response by the body to a stimulus, as fear or pain, that disturbs or interferes with the normal physiological equilibrium of an organism.
physical, mental, or emotional strain or tension: Worry over his job and his wife's health put him under a great stress.
a situation, occurrence, or factor causing this: The stress of being trapped in the elevator gave him a pounding headache.
Archaic. strong or straining exertion.
to subject to stress or strain.
Mechanics. to subject to stress.
to experience stress or worry: Don't stress about the turkey; I promise it will be delicious.Dad is always stressing out over his job.
- stressless, adjective
- stress·less·ness, noun
- an·ti·stress, adjective
- de-stress, verb (used with object)
- non·stress, noun
- o·ver·stressed, adjective
- re·stress, verb
- un·der·stress, noun
- un·der·stress, verb (used with object)
- well-stressed, adjective
- accent, stress
How to use stress in a sentence
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)
special emphasis or significance attached to something
mental, emotional, or physical strain or tension
emphasis placed upon a syllable by pronouncing it more loudly than those that surround it
such emphasis as part of a regular rhythmic beat in music or poetry
a syllable so emphasized
force or a system of forces producing deformation or strain
the force acting per unit area
(tr) to give emphasis or prominence to
(tr) to pronounce (a word or syllable) more loudly than those that surround it
(tr) to subject to stress or strain
informal (intr) to become stressed or anxious
- stressful, adjective
- stressfully, adverb
- stressfulness, noun
British Dictionary definitions for -stress (2 of 2)
indicating a woman who performs or is engaged in a certain activity: songstress; seamstress Compare -ster (def. 1)
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Scientific definitions for stress
The force per unit area applied to an object. Objects subject to stress tend to become distorted or deformed. Compare strain. See also axial stress shear stress. See more at Hooke's law.
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.
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Cultural definitions for stress (1 of 2)
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