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Noun: stress  stres
  1. (physics) force that produces strain on a physical body
    "the intensity of stress is expressed in units of force divided by units of area"
  2. (psychology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense
    "stress is a vasoconstrictor";
    - tension, tenseness
  3. 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";
    - strain
  4. The relative prominence of a syllable or musical note (especially with regard to stress or pitch)
    "he put the stress on the wrong syllable";
    - emphasis, accent
  5. Special emphasis attached to something
    "the stress was more on accuracy than on speed";
    - focus
Verb: stress  stres
  1. Single out as important; draw attention to (something)
    "Dr. Jones stresses exercise in addition to a change in diet";
    - emphasize, emphasise [Brit], punctuate, accent, accentuate
  2. Put stress on; utter with an accent
    "In Farsi, you stress the last syllable of each word";
    - accent, accentuate
  3. Test the limits of
    "You are stressing my patience!";
    - try, strain
  4. To suffer from stress

Derived forms: stressing, stresses, stressed

Type of: accent, afflict, articulate, difficultness, difficulty, emphasis, enounce, enunciate, evince [formal], express, fix [informal], force, get, have, hole [informal], inflection, jam [informal], kettle of fish [informal], mental strain, mess [informal], muddle [informal], nervous strain, pickle [informal], pronounce, prosody, say, show, sound out, strain, suffer, sustain

Encyclopedia: Stress, mechanical