Definition of Stress

1. Noun. 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. Verb. To stress, single out as important. "Dr. Jones emphasizes exercise in addition to a change in diet"

3. Noun. (psychology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense. "Stress is a vasoconstrictor"
Exact synonyms: Tenseness, Tension
Category relationships: Psychological Science, Psychology
Generic synonyms: Mental Strain, Nervous Strain, Strain
Specialized synonyms: Yips, Breaking Point
Derivative terms: Tense

4. Verb. Put stress on; utter with an accent. "In Farsi, you accent the last syllable of each word"
Exact synonyms: Accent, Accentuate
Generic synonyms: Articulate, Enounce, Enunciate, Pronounce, Say, Sound Out
Derivative terms: Accent, Accent, Accent, Accent, Accent, Accentuation

5. Noun. Special emphasis attached to something. "The stress was more on accuracy than on speed"
Exact synonyms: Focus
Generic synonyms: Accent, Emphasis

6. Verb. Test the limits of. "You are trying my patience!"
Exact synonyms: Strain, Try
Generic synonyms: Afflict
Specialized synonyms: Rack
Derivative terms: Strain, Stressor

7. Noun. Difficulty that causes worry or emotional tension. "He presided over the economy during the period of the greatest stress and danger"
Exact synonyms: Strain
Generic synonyms: Difficulty

8. Noun. (physics) force that produces strain on a physical body. "The intensity of stress is expressed in units of force divided by units of area"
Category relationships: Natural Philosophy, Physics
Generic synonyms: Force
Specialized synonyms: Tension, Breaking Point

Definition of Stress

1. n. Distress.

2. v. t. To press; to urge; to distress; to put to difficulties.

3. v. t. To subject to phonetic stress; to accent.

Definition of Stress

1. Noun. (context: countable physics) The internal distribution of force per unit area (pressure) within a body reacting to applied forces which causes strain or deformation and is typically symbolised by ? ¹

2. Noun. (context: countable physics) externally applied to a body which cause internal stress within the body. ¹

3. Noun. Emotional pressure suffered by a human being or other animal. ¹

4. Noun. (context: uncountable phonetics) The emphasis placed on a syllable of a word. ¹

5. Noun. Emphasis placed on words in speaking. ¹

6. Noun. Emphasis placed on a particular point in an argument or discussion (whether spoken or written). ¹

7. Verb. To apply force to (a body or structure) causing strain. ¹

8. Verb. To apply emotional pressure to (a person or animal). ¹

9. Verb. (informal) To suffer stress; to worry or be agitated. ¹

10. Verb. To emphasise (a syllable of a word). ¹

11. Verb. To emphasise (words in speaking). ¹

12. Verb. To emphasise (a point) in an argument or discussion. ¹

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Definition of Stress

1. to place emphasis on [v -ED, -ING, -ES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Stress

stress (current term)
stress ball
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stress fractures
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stress mark
stress out
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stress test
stress tests
stressed out

Literary usage of Stress

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism by James Clerk Maxwell (1904)
"The hypothesis that a state of stress of this kind exists in a fluid ... The state of stress which we have been studying is perfectly consistent with the ..."

2. Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Standard Work of Reference in Art, Literature (1907)
"Thus between the earth and moon there is a stress which is an attraction. ... Similarly the repulsive stress between the like poles of two magnets has its ..."

3. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"There are six varieties of stress. a. Radical.— In the radical stress the force is applied strongest in the first part of the sound. ..."

4. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1920)
"The working stress is the greatest stress to which a member of a ... Indeed, the working or safe stress must be taken considerably below the elastic limit ..."

5. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and (1911)
"The factor of "•:'-} and the maximum allowable stress of the steel forcings or steel wire also being known, the necessary strength of each section of the ..."

6. Twelfth Night: Or, What You Will by William Shakespeare, Henry Norman Hudson (1911)
"And inasmuch as stress is much less definite than quantity, the rules of English ... But we may begin with certain explanations as to what stress is not. ..."

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