noun \ˈstres\

: a state of mental tension and worry caused by problems in your life, work, etc.

: something that causes strong feelings of worry or anxiety

: physical force or pressure

Full Definition of STRESS

:  constraining force or influence: as
a :  a force exerted when one body or body part presses on, pulls on, pushes against, or tends to compress or twist another body or body part; especially :  the intensity of this mutual force commonly expressed in pounds per square inch
b :  the deformation caused in a body by such a force
c :  a physical, chemical, or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension and may be a factor in disease causation
d :  a state resulting from a stress; especially :  one of bodily or mental tension resulting from factors that tend to alter an existent equilibrium <job-related stress>
e :  strain, pressure <the environment is under stress to the point of collapse — Joseph Shoben>
:  emphasis, weight <lay stress on a point>
archaic :  intense effort or exertion
:  intensity of utterance given to a speech sound, syllable, or word producing relative loudness
a :  relative force or prominence of sound in verse
b :  a syllable having relative force or prominence
:  accent 6a

Examples of STRESS

  1. She uses meditation as a way of reducing stress.
  2. Hormones are released into the body in response to emotional stress.
  3. She is dealing with the stresses of working full-time and going to school.
  4. He talked about the stresses and strains of owning a business.
  5. Carrying a heavy backpack around all day puts a lot of stress on your shoulders and back.
  6. To reduce the amount of stress on your back, bend your knees when you lift something heavy.
  7. The ship's mast snapped under the stress of high winds.
  8. measuring the effects of stresses on the material

Origin of STRESS

Middle English stresse stress, distress, short for destresse — more at distress
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Psychology Terms

fetish, hypochondria, intelligence, mania, narcissism, neurosis, pathological, psychosis, schadenfreude, subliminal

Rhymes with STRESS



: to give special attention to (something)

: to pronounce (a syllable or word) in a louder or more forceful way than other syllables or words

: to feel very worried or anxious about something : to feel stress

Full Definition of STRESS

transitive verb
:  to subject to physical or psychological stress <stressing the equipment> <this traffic is stressing me out>
:  to subject to phonetic stress :  accent
:  to lay stress on :  emphasize <stressed the importance of teamwork>
intransitive verb
:  to feel stress <stressing about the big exam> —often used with out

Examples of STRESS

  1. The union stressed the need for stricter safety standards.
  2. The risks involved in the procedure should be stressed.
  3. Some people stress the second syllable of harassment, while others stress the first.
  4. When she said, We need lots of money, she stressed the word lots.
  5. It's not an important decision and it isn't worth stressing over.

First Known Use of STRESS

May 28, 2015
fictioneer Hear it
someone who writes fiction
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