transitive verbo·ver·stressed, o·ver·stress·ing, o·ver·stress·es
- To place too much emphasis on: I cannot overstress the importance of keeping the kitchen clean.
- To subject to excessive physical or emotional stress.
- To subject to mechanical force, pressure, or excess voltage to the point of deformation.
- The fact or condition of being overstressed.
- An instance of being overstressed: an overstress in a cable caused by a lightning strike.