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Meaning of STRESS

Pronunciation:  stres

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  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. [n]  (physics) force that produces strain on a physical body; "the intensity of stress is expressed in units of force divided by units of area"
  3. [n]  (psychology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense; "he suffered from fatigue and emotional tension"; "stress is a vasoconstrictor"
  4. [n]  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
  5. [n]  special emphasis attached to something; "the stress was more on accuracy than on speed"
  6. [v]  put stress on; utter with an accent; "In Farsi, you accent the last syllable of each word"
  7. [v]  to stress, single out as important; "Dr. Jones emphasizes exercise in addition to a change in diet."
  8. [v]  test the limits of; "You are trying my patience!"

STRESS is a 6 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: accent, accent, accentuate, emphasis, emphasise, emphasize, focus, punctuate, strain, tenseness, tension, try
 See Also: accent, accentuation, afflict, articulate, background, bear down, breaking point, breaking point, bring out, difficulty, downplay, drive home, emphasis, enounce, enunciate, evince, express, force, inflection, mental strain, nervous strain, pitch accent, play down, point up, press home, pronounce, prosody, rack, ram home, re-emphasise, re-emphasize, say, sentence stress, set off, show, sound out, strain, tension, tonic accent, underline, underscore, vasoconstrictive, vasoconstrictor, word accent, word stress



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Stress\, v. t.
    1. To subject to phonetic stress; to accent.
    2. To place emphasis on; to make emphatic; emphasize.
  2. \Stress\, n. [Abbrev. fr. distress; or cf. OF. estrecier
    to press, pinch, (assumed) LL. strictiare, fr. L. strictus.
    See {Distress}.]
    1. Distress. [Obs.]
             Sad hersal of his heavy stress.       --Spenser.
    2. Pressure, strain; -- used chiefly of immaterial things;
       except in mechanics; hence, urgency; importance; weight;
             The faculties of the mind are improved by exercise,
             yet they must not be put to a stress beyond their
             strength.                             --Locke.
             A body may as well lay too little as too much stress
             upon a dream.                         --L'Estrange.
    3. (Mech. & Physics) 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. --Rankine.
             Stress is the mutual action between portions of
             matter.                               --Clerk
    4. (Pron.) 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}, [sect][sect] 31-35.
    5. (Scots Law) Distress; the act of distraining; also, the
       thing distrained.
    {Stress of voice}, unusual exertion of the voice.
    {Stress of weather}, constraint imposed by continued bad
       weather; as, to be driven back to port by stress of
    {To lay stress upon}, to attach great importance to; to
       emphasize. ``Consider how great a stress is laid upon this
       duty.'' --Atterbury.
    {To put stress upon}, or {To put to a stress}, to strain.
  3. \Stress\, v. t.
    1. To press; to urge; to distress; to put to difficulties.
       [R.] --Spenser.
    2. To subject to stress, pressure, or strain.
Computing Dictionary

STRuctual Engineering Systems Solver.

A system for structural analysis problems in Civil Engineering. STRESS was superseded by strudl.

["STRESS: A User's Manual", S.J. Fenves et al, MIT Press 1964].

[Sammet 1969, p. 612].

Medical Dictionary
 Definition: mental or physical tension that results from physical, emotional, or chemical causes.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you are under stress, is a reflection of the stress that you are experiencing in your waking life that has been carried over into your dream state. Even in your sleep, you may be unable to relax. The dream may call attention to setbacks, obstacles, self-doubts, criticism that you are facing in some waking situation or relationship. You need to take some leisure time off.