stress: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (stres), [key]
- importance or significance attached to a thing; emphasis: to lay stress upon good manners.
- emphasis in the form of prominent relative loudness of a syllable or a word as a result of special effort in utterance.
- accent or emphasis on syllables in a metrical pattern; beat.
- emphasis in melody, rhythm, etc.; beat.
- the physical pressure, pull, or other force exerted on one thing by another; strain.
- the action on a body of any system of balanced forces whereby strain or deformation results.
- the amount of stress, usually measured in pounds per square inch or in pascals.
- a load, force, or system of forces producing a strain.
- the internal resistance or reaction of an elastic body to the external forces applied to it.
- the ratio of force to area.
- a specific response by the body to a stimulus, as fear or pain, that disturbs or interferes with the normal physiological equilibrium of an organism.
- physical, mental, or emotional strain or tension: Worry over his job and his wife's health put him under a great stress.
- a situation, occurrence, or factor causing this: The stress of being trapped in the elevator gave him a pounding headache.
- strong or straining exertion.
- to lay stress on; emphasize.
- to pronounce (a syllable or a word) with prominent loudness:Cf.(def. 18). Stress the first syllable of “runner.” Stress the second word in “put up with.”
- to subject to stress or strain.
- to subject to stress.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
- a feminine equivalent ofseamstress; songstress.