- 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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Definition for stress (2 of 2)
Example sentences from the Web for stress
In each case they used the same training processes to produce multiple machine-learning models and then ran those models through stress tests designed to highlight specific differences in their performance.
Officials also worried about introducing a huge new burden for students not exactly lacking in outside stress.Cheating-detection companies made millions during the pandemic. Now students are fighting back.|Drew Harwell|November 12, 2020|Washington Post
What we’re seeing is not only burnout but a lot of complications having stress on medical professionals for an extended period of time.As coronavirus soars, hospitals hope to avoid an agonizing choice: Who gets care and who goes home|Darryl Fears, Joel Achenbach, Brittney Martin|November 12, 2020|Washington Post
Furnace and air filtersDirty furnace and air-conditioning filters can put stress on your HVAC system and drive up your heating and cooling bills.When to replace smoke detectors, sponges, pillows and more, according to experts|Daniel Bortz|November 10, 2020|Washington Post
On top of the stresses of virtual schooling, Fitzpatrick worried about how she and her partner were going to pay the electric bill.The pandemic is taking a toll on parents, and it’s showing in alcohol consumption rates|Sarah Hosseini|November 9, 2020|Washington Post
Kinbote says Professor Pardon is “‘confusing me with some refugee from Nova Zembla’ [sarcastically stressing the ‘Nova’].”Pale Fire and the Cold War: Redefining Vladimir Nabokov’s Masterpiece|Michael Weiss|October 13, 2013|DAILY BEAST
And he denied that Tamarod had any contact with the Army, stressing again the success of its grassroots approach.Mahmoud Badr Is the Young Face of the Anti-Morsi Movement|Mike Giglio|July 2, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But the visit seems to be the latest in a series of moves aimed at stressing his reformist credentials.Chinese Leader Xi Jinping's Symbolic Economic Tour|Duncan Hewitt|December 8, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Today, China's leaders are stressing stability and the status quo.Gu Kailai’s Murder Trial Evokes Story of Mao’s Widow Jiang Qing|Melinda Liu|August 9, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Kohn makes no apologies for stressing the financial incentives.
"I don't tek off my hat ter no man," he replied, stressing the final word ever so lightly.A Pagan of the Hills|Charles Neville Buck
Accentuation is the stressing of the proper syllables in words.The Art of Public Speaking|Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
He fought Dick's fight for him valiantly, stressing certain points that were to prepare her for others to come.The Breaking Point|Mary Roberts Rinehart
And it comes in stressing the structure, the content, of social values, to the exclusion of their functional power.Social Value|B. M. Anderson
He repeated the instructions Allan had given, stressing the importance of putting the safety on after using.Time and Time Again|Henry Beam Piper
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.