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.
An example of stress is to constantly ask someone questions while she is working on an important project that is due soon.
Stressed basic fire safety in her talk.
- 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.
Go easy on him, he's been under a lot of stress lately.
Some people put the stress on the first syllable of “controversy"; others put it on the second.
“Emphasis" is stressed on the first syllable, but “emphatic" is stressed on the second.
I must stress that this information is given in strict confidence.
The pressure of the deadline is really stressing me out.
Origin of stress
From Webster's New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- In the sense of "mental strain" or “disruption", used occasionally in the 1920s and 1930s by psychologists, including Walter Cannon (1934); in “biological threat", used by endocrinologist Hans Selye, by metaphor with stress in physics (force on an object) in the 1930s, and popularized by same in the 1950s.
- From Middle English destresse, from Old French, from Latin stringere (“to draw tight").