- Stress means physical or mental tension.
- An example of stress is the pressure to finish three large projects by the end of the day.
- An example of stress is discomfort and pain in your arms from carrying too heavy of an item.
- An example of stress is hypertension, which can result from a reaction to a situation in which a person feels threatened or pressured.
- Stress is defined as causing mental and physical strain or tension.
An example of stress is to constantly ask someone questions while she is working on an important project that is due soon.
stress definition by Webster's New World
- strain or straining force; specif.,
- force exerted upon a body, that tends to strain or deform its shape
- the intensity of such force, usually measured in pounds per square inch
- the opposing reaction or cohesiveness of a body resisting such force
- emphasis; importance; significance
- mental or emotional tension or strain characterized by feelings of anxiety, fear, etc.
- a factor or combination of factors that causes such tension or strain, as an urgent need or perceived threat
- Psychol. a condition typically characterized by symptoms of mental and physical tension or strain, as depression or hypertension, that can result from a reaction to a situation in which a person feels threatened, pressured, etc.
- Music accent (senses & )
- the relative force or loudness with which a syllable is uttered
- an accented syllable
- the relative force of utterance given a syllable or word according to the meter
- an accented syllable
Origin: Middle English stresse ; from Old French estresse ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form strictia ; from Classical Latin strictus, strict; also, in some senses, aphetic ; from distress
- to put stress, pressure, or strain on
- Informal to subject to mental or emotional stress
- to give stress or accent to
- to emphasize
Origin: OFr estrecer < VL *strictiare
- a female person who is, does, or creates (something specified): songstress
- a female person associated with (something specified)
Origin: ; from -ster plush -ess
stress definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Importance, significance, or emphasis placed on something. See Synonyms at emphasis.
- Linguistics a. The relative force with which a sound or syllable is spoken.b. The emphasis placed on the sound or syllable spoken most forcefully in a word or phrase.
- a. The relative force of sound or emphasis given a syllable or word in accordance with a metrical pattern.b. A syllable having strong relative emphasis in a metrical pattern.
- Accent or a mark representing such emphasis or force.
- Physics a. An applied force or system of forces that tends to strain or deform a body.b. The internal resistance of a body to such an applied force or system of forces.
- a. A mentally or emotionally disruptive or upsetting condition occurring in response to adverse external influences and capable of affecting physical health, usually characterized by increased heart rate, a rise in blood pressure, muscular tension, irritability, and depression.b. A stimulus or circumstance causing such a condition.
- A state of extreme difficulty, pressure, or strain: “He presided over the economy during the period of its greatest stress and danger” (Robert J. Samuelson).
- To place emphasis on: stressed basic fire safety.
- To give prominence to (a syllable or word) in pronouncing or in accordance with a metrical pattern.
- To subject to physical or mental pressure, tension, or strain.
- To subject to mechanical pressure or force.
- To construct so as to withstand a specified stress.
Origin: Middle English stresse, hardship, partly from destresse (from Old French; see distress) 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).
stress - Cultural Definition
A physical factor, such as injury, or mental state, such as anxiety, that disturbs the body's normal state of functioning. Stress may contribute to the development of some illnesses, including heart disease and cancer.
- The term stress also refers to the physical and mental state produced in the body when it is influenced by such factors: “The stress of the new job was too much for Tim, so he requested reassignment to his old position in the company.”
stress - Medical Definition
- An applied force or system of forces that tends to strain or deform a body.
- The resisting force set up in a body as a result of an externally applied force.
- A physical or psychological stimulus that can produce mental tension or physiological reactions that may lead to illness.
stress - Science Definition
- The force per unit area applied to an object. Objects subject to stress tend to become distorted or deformed. Compare strain. See also axial stress, shear stress., See more at Hooke's law.
- a. A physiologic reaction by an organism to an uncomfortable or unfamiliar physical or psychological stimulus. Biological changes result from stimulation of the sympathetic nervous system, including a heightened state of alertness, anxiety, increased heart rate, and sweating.b. The stimulus or circumstance causing such a reaction.