- 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 lay stress on; emphasize.
- Phonetics. to pronounce (a syllable or a word) with prominent loudness: Stress the first syllable of “runner.” Stress the second word in “put up with.”Compare accent(def 18).
- 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.
Origin of stress
Examples from the Web for stresses
Fink stresses the need for Nigeria to train and deploy women into more prominent law enforcement roles.The New Face of Boko Haram’s Terror: Teen Girls
December 13, 2014
Starr stresses that universities are required under Title IX to investigate and intervene in sexual assault cases.Is Columbia Failing Campus Rape Victims?
November 6, 2014
In one segment, she stresses how important a good latte is—and "no one does it better than New York."New York Is Taylor Swift’s New Boyfriend
October 28, 2014
Blaine stresses that he was not called to inspect the rail site.Oil Tankers Leaking into Seattle’s Water
October 13, 2014
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
October 10, 2014
We give you the job of figuring out the stresses and strains involved.Islands of Space
John W Campbell
Or again she would revive all the stresses before our marriage.Tono Bungay
H. G. Wells
Then something happens so that the strains and stresses of the crust are released.Climatic Changes
Or rather, we may say, Nicolai stresses the influence of Kant's dualism of the reasons.The Forerunners
Let the intervals and stresses be slowly and distinctly given.The Ontario Readers: The High School Reader, 1886
Ministry of Education
- 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
Word Origin and History for stresses
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.
- An applied force or system of forces that tends to strain or deform a body.
- The resisting force set up in a body as a result of an externally applied force.
- A physical or psychological stimulus that can produce mental tension or physiological reactions that may lead to illness.
- 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.