- 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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Example sentences from the Web for 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|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.
In this respect he admitted his own culpability while stressing his leadership credentials.
Roland shivered at the venom that was revealed by the stressing of the word "officially."The Lonely Unicorn|Alec Waugh
I am stressing the point that I worked for $9 a day during all that, a $9 a day job.Warren Commission (1 of 26): Hearings Vol. I (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
In the issue it is justifiable to apprehend that the flexing and stressing of the cross-girders will be considerable.The Anatomy of Bridgework|William Henry Thorpe
Briefly Mr. Holton told them, stressing the fact that the aviator had not waited to land.Secrets of the Andes|James H. Foster
They then mentioned the uncut weeds along the front fence, stressing the danger of fire.Dan Carter and the Haunted Castle|Mildred A. Wirt
British Dictionary definitions for stressing
- 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
Medical definitions for stressing
Scientific definitions for 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.
Cultural definitions for stressing (1 of 2)
Cultural definitions for stressing (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.