Definitions of stress

  1. To place emphasis on; to make emphatic; emphasize.
  2. To accent; emphasize; subject to mechanical pressure.
  3. test the limits of; " You are trying my patience!"
  4. To subject to a strain.
  5. the relative prominence of a syllable or musical note ( especially with regard to stress or pitch); " he put the stress on the wrong syllable"
  6. ( physics) force that produces strain on a physical body; " the intensity of stress is expressed in units of force divided by units of area"
  7. ( psychology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense; " he suffered from fatigue and emotional tension"; " stress is a vasoconstrictor"
  8. difficulty that causes worry or emotional tension; " she endured the stresses and strains of life"; " he presided over the economy during the period of the greatest stress and danger"- R. J. Samuelson
  9. Distress.
  10. Pressure, strain; -- used chiefly of immaterial things; except in mechanics; hence, urgency; importance; weight; significance.
  11. The force, or combination of forces, which produces a strain; force exerted in any direction or manner between contiguous bodies, or parts of bodies, and taking specific names according to its direction, or mode of action, as thrust or pressure, pull or tension, shear or tangential stress.
  12. Force of utterance expended upon words or syllables. Stress is in English the chief element in accent and is one of the most important in emphasis. See Guide to pronunciation, // 31- 35.
  13. Distress; the act of distraining; also, the thing distrained.
  14. To press; to urge; to distress; to put to difficulties.
  15. To subject to stress, pressure, or strain.
  16. Strain; pressure; as, the stress of circumstances; importance; significance; emphasis; force of utterance; as, the stress falls on the last syllable; mechanical pressure of any kind, such as a force that changes the shape or size of a body.
  17. Force: pressure; urgency: strain: violence, as of the weather: ( mech.) force exerted in any direction or manner between two bodies.
  18. Strain; pressure; urgency; importance.
  19. Special weight, importance, or significance.
  20. Force exerted; strain; tension; compulsion.
  21. Force of voice; accent.
  22. Force; urgency; pressure; importance; that which bears most weight; with force; violence; strain; accent.
  23. Force; pressure; importance; urgency; force either acting or suffered; compulsion.
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