I. noun Etymology: Middle English stresse stress, distress, short for destresse — more at distress Date: 14th century 1. 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
2. emphasis, weight <
lay stress on a point
3. archaic intense effort or exertion 4. intensity of utterance given to a speech sound, syllable, or word producing relative loudness 5. a. relative force or prominence of sound in verse b. a syllable having relative force or prominence 6. accent 6a II. verb Date: 1545 transitive verb 1. to subject to physical or psychological stress <
stressing the equipment
this traffic is stressing me out
2. to subject to phonetic stress ; accent 3. to lay stress on ; emphasize <
stressed the importance of teamwork
intransitive verb to feel stress <
stressing about the big exam
— often used with out

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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