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 place emphasis on; to make emphatic; emphasize.
  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. To accent; emphasize; subject to mechanical pressure.
  18. Force: pressure; urgency: strain: violence, as of the weather: ( mech.) force exerted in any direction or manner between two bodies.
  19. Strain; pressure; urgency; importance.
  20. Special weight, importance, or significance.
  21. Force exerted; strain; tension; compulsion.
  22. Force of voice; accent.
  23. Force; urgency; pressure; importance; that which bears most weight; with force; violence; strain; accent.
  24. To subject to a strain.
  25. Force; pressure; importance; urgency; force either acting or suffered; compulsion.

Usage examples for stress

  1. 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
  2. She was younger, and the stress of life had only lately set its mark upon her. – The Golden Web by Anthony Partridge
  3. 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
  4. Until the tears changed to sobs and Gwendolyn shook with the stress of her emotion. – Dorothy at Oak Knowe by Evelyn Raymond
  5. 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
  6. " 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
  7. He spoke without stress of feeling, quite simply, in fact. – The Title Market by Emily Post
  8. 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
  9. " 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
  10. 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
  11. Already he sighed with the stress of care, the press of thought, which came upon him. – Other Main-Travelled Roads by Hamlin Garland
  12. " Charming, certainly," said Keriway, " but too full of the stress of its own little life struggle to be peaceful. – The Unbearable Bassington by Saki