- 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)
Origin of stress
Related Words for stressingrepeat, underline, underscore, headline, accent, spot, feature, belabor, spotlight, italicize, distend, crunch, overdo, force, afflict, pull, stretch, spring, traumatize, strain
Examples from the Web for stressing
Contemporary Examples of stressing
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
July 2, 2013
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
December 8, 2012
Today, China's leaders are stressing stability and the status quo.Gu Kailai’s Murder Trial Evokes Story of Mao’s Widow Jiang Qing
August 9, 2012
Kohn makes no apologies for stressing the financial incentives.The Whistleblowers’ How-To Guide
September 12, 2011
In this respect he admitted his own culpability while stressing his leadership credentials.Cameron Buys Himself Time
July 20, 2011
Historical Examples of stressing
"M. le Comte is not with me," she answered, stressing the title.Scaramouche
Some distinguish these by stressing the different syllables.A Miscellany of Men
G. K. Chesterton
Roland shivered at the venom that was revealed by the stressing of the word "officially."The Lonely Unicorn
Page 299-300, Notes, some of the words were missing the stressing accent.Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales
Hans Christian Andersen
Tauchnitz claims that it should be pronounced "und," stressing the anti-penult.Of All Things
Robert C. Benchley
- force or a system of forces producing deformation or strain
- the force acting per unit area
Word Origin for stress
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.
- 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.