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Definitions of stress

  1. the relative prominence of a syllable or musical note ( especially with regard to stress or pitch); " he put the stress on the wrong syllable"
  2. put stress on; utter with an accent; " In Farsi, you accent the last syllable of each word"
  3. special emphasis attached to something; " the stress was more on accuracy than on speed"
  4. test the limits of; " You are trying my patience!"
  5. ( physics) force that produces strain on a physical body; " the intensity of stress is expressed in units of force divided by units of area"
  6. ( psychology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense; " he suffered from fatigue and emotional tension"; " stress is a vasoconstrictor"
  7. 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
  8. to stress, single out as important; " Dr. Jones emphasizes exercise in addition to a change in diet"
  9. To subject to phonetic stress; to accent.
  10. To place emphasis on; to make emphatic; emphasize.
  11. Distress.
  12. Pressure, strain; -- used chiefly of immaterial things; except in mechanics; hence, urgency; importance; weight; significance.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Distress; the act of distraining; also, the thing distrained.
  16. To press; to urge; to distress; to put to difficulties.
  17. To subject to stress, pressure, or strain.
  18. 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.
  19. To accent; emphasize; subject to mechanical pressure.
  20. In dentistry the pressure of the upper teeth against the lower as the jaws are closed in mastication.
  21. Force: pressure; urgency: strain: violence, as of the weather: ( mech.) force exerted in any direction or manner between two bodies.
  22. Strain; pressure; urgency; importance.
  23. Special weight, importance, or significance.
  24. Force exerted; strain; tension; compulsion.
  25. Force of voice; accent.
  26. Force; urgency; pressure; importance; that which bears most weight; with force; violence; strain; accent.
  27. To subject to a strain.
  28. Force; pressure; importance; urgency; force either acting or suffered; compulsion.
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Quotes of stress

  1. The humanitarian lays stress almost solely upon breadth of knowledge and sympathy. – Irving Babbitt
  2. It is important to stress Africa is also a victim of the September 11 attacks. – Omar Bongo
  3. There's a lot of stress but once you get in the car, all that goes out the window. – Dan Brown
  4. I got a pair of red, synthetic satin women's pants through the post the other day with a phone number on. That was quite strange. I haven't tried the phone number. In times of stress I may. – Jarvis Cocker
  5. There are six components of wellness: proper weight and diet, proper exercise, breaking the smoking habit, control of alcohol, stress management and periodic exams. – Kenneth H. Cooper
  6. The capacity of man himself is only revealed when, under stress and responsibility, he breaks through his educational shell, and he may then be a splendid surprise to himself no less than to this teachers. – Harvey Cushing
  7. In my youth I stressed freedom, and in my old age I stress order. I have made the great discovery that liberty is a product of order. – Will Durant
  8. I think most people will tell you that. They can go along and, while they're denying that they are addicted, say it's stress this, it's this, it's that. But I- it's- I think- I really believe there is a gene. Some people become addicted and others don't. – Dick Van Dyke
  9. I truly cannot imagine men with men, women with women, doing what they were not physically created to do, without abnormal stress and misbehavior. – Jerry Falwell
  10. Stress is an important dragon to slay- or at least tame- in your life. – Marilu Henner
  11. We have already seen evidence that, notwithstanding the addition of substantial resources, we are experiencing great stress in recruiting and not inconsequential retention problems. – John M. McHugh
  12. We must stress that the euro has been beneficial to the European Union because, otherwise, in this context of international turmoil, every country would have to devalue their currencies. – Jean-Pierre Raffarin
  13. I've chosen to treat my life more like a party than something to stress about. – Martin Short
  14. Everyone has a breaking point, turning point, stress point, the game is permeated with it. The fans don't see it because we make it look so efficient. But internally, for a guy to be successful, you have to be like a clock spring, wound but not loose at the same time. – Dave Winfield

Usage examples for stress

  1. And truly the Mighty Pyramid did be an emptyness; for there did seem to be left only the Stress Masters that did arrange the moving of the Millions. – The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson
  2. Well, Pat, he said- Pat was his pet name for her, used only under stress well, Pat, if you must have it, then here goes. – Concerning Sally by William John Hopkins
  3. He spoke without stress of feeling, quite simply, in fact. – The Title Market by Emily Post
  4. " I am no more an 'enfant, '" said I, with a passionate stress on the word, " than I was last night, when you never left my arm except to sit at my side at supper." – That Boy Of Norcott's by Charles James Lever
  5. " Charming, certainly," said Keriway, " but too full of the stress of its own little life struggle to be peaceful. – The Unbearable Bassington by Saki
  6. The Harry Sevier who under the stress of impulse had acted so swiftly to save the woman he loved, elected the same choice now. – The Long Lane's Turning by Hallie Erminie Rives
  7. The Princess, moved by his stress cried out in her sleep. – The Rainbow Book Tales of Fun & Fancy by Mabel Henriette Spielmann
  8. She was younger, and the stress of life had only lately set its mark upon her. – The Golden Web by Anthony Partridge
  9. " I am sorry that you should lay so much stress upon so small a thing," she said. – Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  10. " Captain Wayne," he began soberly, looking about him, " you are in even worse stress here than I had supposed, but I shall see to it that you are furnished with blankets before I leave." – My Lady of the North by Randall Parrish
  11. Mr. Chambers did indeed believe in occasional sports; so did Mr. Darwin, and we have seen that in the later editions of the " Origin of Species" he found himself constrained to lay greater stress on these than he had originally done. – Luck or Cunning? by Samuel Butler
  12. Already he sighed with the stress of care, the press of thought, which came upon him. – Other Main-Travelled Roads by Hamlin Garland
  13. The situation in general had not been made easier for her by Barty's tragic offer of assistance in some mysterious and advancing stress or by the certainty that she tried to shake, but could not, of what his eyes had said to her. – Mount Music by E. Oe. Somerville and Martin Ross
  14. This struggle continues until the decision is made, when suddenly all the stress and strain drop out and other objects may again have place in consciousness. – The Mind and Its Education by George Herbert Betts
  15. And yet he knew that with bad Dukes his country would be in worse stress than though she had none at all. – The Duke's Children by Anthony Trollope
  16. " The Raney, or else-" He did not finish his sentence, for the stress of the flying seconds choked down his words. – I Saw Three Ships and Other Winter Tales by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  17. In the stress of conflict they completely lost sight of their mission as Jehovah's witnesses to all the world. – The Makers and Teachers of Judaism by Charles Foster Kent
  18. Now, indeed, although I do not stand quite where you do, yet I see how great the stress must be; but, if I may say so to a minister, it is just what you regard as your shame that I regard as your glory. – By What Authority? by Robert Hugh Benson
  19. Until the tears changed to sobs and Gwendolyn shook with the stress of her emotion. – Dorothy at Oak Knowe by Evelyn Raymond

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