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 Kashkari's comments come as the Federal Reserve is set to release the results of a stress test next week. Richard Escobedo, CBS News, "Fed's Neel Kashkari warns bank losses during COVID could trigger next financial crisis," 19 June 2020 This pandemic has acted as a stress test on our current system and our system has failed us. Beckett Legore,, "Class of 2020 positioned to make societal changes," 10 June 2020 Occasionally, though, real life intrudes, providing a stress test that can only expose the vulnerabilities of institutions. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Opinion: MLB response to George Floyd killing exposes its limitations as a social institution," 4 June 2020 What to do about it: The group recommends the Federal Reserve require stress tests to assess the risks of climate change to financial market stability and that other regulators require banks to consider climate risks through the supervision process. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: Developers seek IRS fix for carbon capture rules," 1 June 2020 Birmingham’s Professor Bailey says Brexit provided a useful stress test for the supply chain, but both Brexit and the pandemic will galvanize a trend toward reducing risk. Scott Peterson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Brexit’s benefits? How food security prep set up UK for pandemic.," 28 May 2020 Under last year’s stress test that envisaged annual economic growth slowing to as low as 4.15%, the bad-loan ratio at the 30 biggest Chinese banks would rise five fold, according to the People’s Bank of China., "Pain for Asian Banks Is Just Starting as Virus Batters Loans," 16 Mar. 2020 The Fed’s stress tests would assume lenders restrain growth in their balance sheets during stressful periods, which doesn’t happen under current rules. Andrew Ackerman, WSJ, "Federal Reserve Retools Capital Rules for Largest U.S. Banks," 4 Mar. 2020 At Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital, a cardiovascular stress test cost $698. Anna Werner /, CBS News, "After her miscarriage, she received two rounds of ultrasounds. Why did one cost 10 times more?," 24 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of stress test

1955, in the meaning defined above

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23 Jun 2020

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“Stress test.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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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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