- 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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Origin of stress
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Definition for stress (2 of 2)
Example sentences from the Web for stress
While he didn’t know it at the time, the incident left him with post traumatic stress disorder.Meet the unicorn founder that braved war zones and missed meetings to make his mark on the startup world|Lucinda Shen|November 20, 2020|Fortune
For many, it was novel and a little fun, the usual stress of finals season gone.The pandemic isn’t ending anytime soon. And our bodies are feeling the stress.|Petula Dvorak|November 19, 2020|Washington Post
This can include any stress you’re feeling, any isolation or any drugs you may be taking.
It might not always be possible to train a single model that passes all stress tests.
We then put them through a stress test to see what kind of financial losses a 100-day shutdown would produce.
Magnology is safe, stressless, and permanently powerful in stasis.And Then the Town Took Off|Richard Wilson
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.