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 two banks’ percentages may be lower because the stress tests effectively leave them with less capital to distribute. Peter Eavis, New York Times, "Banks Are Paying Out Billions to Shareholders. We Put the Numbers in Context.," 29 June 2018 Tuesday’s demonstration was yet another stress test for the engine, which ran at more than 110 percent capacity. Willie James Inman, Fox News, "NASA engine test could move US one step closer to future Mars mission," 14 Aug. 2018 One is the countercyclical capital buffer and one is the stress test. WSJ, "Transcript: WSJ Interview With Cleveland Fed’s Loretta Mester," 13 July 2018 Fed to release second round of results of bank stress tests. New York Times, "Court to Rule on Mandatory Union Fees, and U.S. May Restrict Chinese Investment," 24 June 2018 The first round of the central bank's annual stress tests show that as a group, the 35 big banks have benefited from a steadily recovering economy to gain strength and build up capital buffers against unexpected losses. Fox News, "Fed finds biggest US banks strong enough to survive shock," 21 June 2018 The Trump presidency has been a stress test for the Justice Department’s commitment to impartiality. Tom Emswiler And Will Isenberg,, "Vote for Jeff Sessions? Why the public should elect the US attorney general," 10 June 2018 One factor may have been the stress test that Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez said crews conducted earlier Thursday., "The Latest on the Deadly Bridge Collapse in Miami," 16 Mar. 2018 The bill will exempt banks with less than $250 billion in assets from tougher oversight by the Federal Reserve, including the central bank’s annual stress tests. Fox News, "White House sanctions Russians for 2016 interference," 15 Mar. 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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