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)

Examples of stress test in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Battery life had a maximum of 20 points: total battery life (15 points) and stress test (5 points). Michael Andronico, CNN Underscored, "The best laptops of 2021," 1 Apr. 2021 Assuming this year’s stress test isn’t dramatically more stringent than those of recent years, a significant chunk of cash stands to be unlocked. Telis Demos, WSJ, "Payday Might Be Coming for U.S. Bank Investors," 26 Mar. 2021 In many ways, 2020 was like a collective stress test of our country's IT infrastructure. Paul Colangelo, Forbes, "Digital Government In 2021: Lessons From The Past Year And Top Trends For The Future," 10 Mar. 2021 Bayern head coach Hansi Flick, whose conflict with director of sport Hasan Salihamidzic seemed to have reached a new level this week, will now be facing his first real stress test since last summer's Champions League run. Manuel Veth, Forbes, "Bayern Munich Brush Off Lazio; Giants Await In Champions League Quarterfinals," 17 Mar. 2021 On each of the three E’s, the pandemic has acted as a combination of unforgiving stress test and high-powered searchlight. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, "Post-pandemic, will the world think big, or just get by?," 3 Mar. 2021 Aladdin Climate now allows BlackRock—and its clients—to stress test their portfolio under different scenarios, such as net-zero transition under the Paris Agreement. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "BlackRock is forcing finance to take climate risk seriously," 16 Jan. 2021 Maxon has updated Cinebench R20 to Cinebench R23, and among the new changes is a default stress test mode, which runs the system for a minimum of 10 minutes. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Apple M1 vs. Ryzen 5000: MacBook Pro and Asus ROG Flow X13, compared," 2 Feb. 2021 These regulations could start with a mandatory stress test for banks, focusing on the financial effects of climate change. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "Cancel All the Pipelines," 20 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of stress test

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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