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Meaning & Definition of Stress in English

English

Stress

/strɛs/

noun

1. The relative prominence of a syllable or musical note (especially with regard to stress or pitch)

  • "He put the stress on the wrong syllable"
    synonym:
  • stress
  • ,
  • emphasis
  • ,
  • accent

2. (psychology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense

  • "He suffered from fatigue and emotional tension"
  • "Stress is a vasoconstrictor"
    synonym:
  • tension
  • ,
  • tenseness
  • ,
  • stress

3. Special emphasis attached to something

  • "The stress was more on accuracy than on speed"
    synonym:
  • stress
  • ,
  • focus

4. Difficulty that causes worry or emotional tension

  • "She endured the stresses and strains of life"
  • "He presided over the economy during the period of the greatest stress and danger"- r.j.samuelson
    synonym:
  • stress
  • ,
  • strain

5. (physics) force that produces strain on a physical body

  • "The intensity of stress is expressed in units of force divided by units of area"
    synonym:
  • stress

verb

1. To stress, single out as important

  • "Dr. jones emphasizes exercise in addition to a change in diet"
    synonym:
  • stress
  • ,
  • emphasize
  • ,
  • emphasise
  • ,
  • punctuate
  • ,
  • accent
  • ,
  • accentuate

2. Put stress on

  • Utter with an accent
  • "In farsi, you accent the last syllable of each word"
    synonym:
  • stress
  • ,
  • accent
  • ,
  • accentuate

3. Test the limits of

  • "You are trying my patience!"
    synonym:
  • try
  • ,
  • strain
  • ,
  • stress

Examples of using

Most people use music as a couch; they want to be pillowed on it, relaxed and consoled for the stress of daily living. But serious music was never meant to be soporific.
How do you handle stress?
Working at home, the stress of travelling to work disappears.