stress test


Definition of stress test

: an electrocardiographic test of heart function before, during, and after a controlled period of increasingly strenuous exercise (as on a treadmill)

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The pitchers and catchers that are invited to spring training, show up, take the Mariners’ exhaustive and extensive physical — the vicious cardiac stress test is no longer used — and then go home for the day. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "A bright, sunny day in Arizona as Mariners pitchers and catchers report for spring training," 12 Feb. 2019 Mika requested a stress test, which monitors how hard your heart is working while running on treadmill. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Doctors Kept Calling It Stress. Then I Learned I Had a 98% Blockage in My Heart.," 7 Feb. 2019 That doesn’t amount to much of a stress test, unfortunately. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "You can buy a wearable camera to track your social life," 12 Dec. 2018 As the Fed noted on Thursday, the 35 banks in the stress test had more than $1.2 trillion of capital at the end of 2017, an increase of approximately $800 billion since 2009. Peter Eavis, New York Times, "Wells Fargo Sailed Through Its Stress Test. Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, Not So Much.," 29 June 2018 It couldn’t have withstood (regulatory stress tests). Jon Talton, The Seattle Times, "Ten years after the great panic, Jamie Dimon can take a victory lap," 31 July 2018 Meanwhile, the Fed is moving forward with a new proposal that would revamp the 'stress tests' banks face to periodically ensure that their assets are safe. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Boeing's stock was the best bellwether of a trade war. Until yesterday.," 25 Apr. 2018 The Ben Bernanke-Janet Yellen-Jerome Powell-Fed staff monetary experiment is only now facing its own stress test. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Powell to Markets: Take That," 19 Dec. 2018 The Fed will release the results on Thursday of the second, and more consequential, round of its stress tests of the country’s big banks. New York Times, "Court to Rule on Mandatory Union Fees, and U.S. May Restrict Chinese Investment," 24 June 2018

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1955, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of stress test

: a test to show how strong something is especially : a medical test to show how strong and healthy your heart is during a period of exercise

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Medical Definition of stress test

: an electrocardiographic test of heart function before, during, and after a controlled period of increasingly strenuous exercise (as on a treadmill)

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