Stress means physical or mental tension.(noun)
Stress is defined as causing mental and physical strain or tension.(verb)
An example of stress is to constantly ask someone questions while she is working on an important project that is due soon.
See stress in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME stresse < OFr estresse < VL *strictia < L strictus, strict; also, in some senses, aphetic < distress
Origin: OFr estrecer < VL *strictiare
Origin: < -ster + -ess
See stress in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English stresse, hardship
Origin: , partly from destresse (from Old French; see distress)
Origin: and partly from Old French estrece, narrowness, oppression (from Vulgar Latin *strictia, from Latin strictus, past participle of stringere, to draw tight; see strait).
Origin: str(uctural) e(ngineering) s(ystems) s(olver).
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