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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. importance or significance attached to a thing; emphasis:

    to lay stress upon good manners.

  2. emphasis in the form of prominent relative loudness of a speech sound, syllable, or word as a result of special effort in utterance.

    Category: Phonetics

  3. accent or emphasis on syllables in a metrical pattern; beat.

    Category: Prosody

  4. Music.

    Category: Music and Dance

    Ref: accent (def. 7 ). 10

  5. the physical pressure, pull, or other force exerted on one thing by another; strain.

  6. the action on a body of any system of balanced forces whereby strain or deformation results. the intensity of such action, as measured in pounds per square inch or pascals.

    Category: Mechanics, Physics

  7. a specific response by the body to a stimulus, as fear or pain, that disturbs or interferes with the normal physiological equilibrium.

    Category: Physiology

  8. physical, mental, or emotional strain or tension.

    Category: Psychiatry

  9. Archaic. intense exertion.

  10. (v.t.)to emphasize.

  11. to pronounce (a speech sound, syllable, or word) with prominent loudness; accent.

    Category: Phonetics

  12. to subject to stress.

    Category: Physiology, Psychiatry

Origin of stress:

1275–1325; (n.) ME stresse, aph. var. of distressedistress



  1. a feminine equivalent of -ster :

    seamstress; songstress.

    Category: Affix

Origin of -stress:

-st (e )r+ -ess

Princeton's WordNet

  1. stress, emphasis, accent(noun)

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

    "he put the stress on the wrong syllable"

  2. tension, tenseness, stress(noun)

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

    "he suffered from fatigue and emotional tension"; "stress is a vasoconstrictor"

  3. stress, focus(noun)

    special emphasis attached to something

    "the stress was more on accuracy than on speed"

  4. stress, strain(noun)

    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

  5. stress(verb)

    (physics) force that produces strain on a physical body

    "the intensity of stress is expressed in units of force divided by units of area"

  6. stress, emphasize, emphasise, punctuate, accent, accentuate(verb)

    to stress, single out as important

    "Dr. Jones emphasizes exercise in addition to a change in diet"

  7. stress, accent, accentuate(verb)

    put stress on; utter with an accent

    "In Farsi, you accent the last syllable of each word"

  8. try, strain, stress(verb)

    test the limits of

    "You are trying my patience!"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. stress(noun)ɛs

    feelings of being tired, worried, and unable to deal with problems

    students experiencing stress before final exams; the stresses and strains of working two jobs

  2. stressɛs

    pressure that damages sth

    As one engine part fails, it puts stress on other parts.

  3. stressɛs

    emphasis or importance

    The school puts a lot of stress on good behavior.

  4. stressɛs

    the force you give to a word or syllable when you say it

    In the word "surprise," the stress is on the second syllable.

  5. stress(verb)ɛs

    to emphasize the importance of sth

    We stress safe driving habits with young drivers.; I want to stress that we have not forgotten those who helped us.

  6. stressɛs

    to give extra force to a word or syllable when you speak

    "I am not quitting," she said stressing "not."


  1. stress(Noun)

    The internal distribution of force per unit area (pressure) within a body reacting to applied forces which causes strain or deformation and is typically symbolised by u03C3

  2. stress(Noun)

    externally applied to a body which cause internal stress within the body.

  3. stress(Noun)

    Emotional pressure suffered by a human being or other animal.

    Go easy on him, he's been under a lot of stress lately.

  4. stress(Noun)

    The emphasis placed on a syllable of a word.

    Some people put the stress on the first syllable of u201Ccontroversyu201D; others put it on the second.

  5. stress(Noun)

    Emphasis placed on words in speaking.

  6. stress(Noun)

    Emphasis placed on a particular point in an argument or discussion (whether spoken or written).

  7. stress(Verb)

    To apply force to (a body or structure) causing strain.

  8. stress(Verb)

    To apply emotional pressure to (a person or animal).

  9. stress(Verb)

    To suffer stress; to worry or be agitated.

  10. stress(Verb)

    To emphasise (a syllable of a word).

    u201CEmphasisu201D is stressed on the first syllable, but u201Cemphaticu201D is stressed on the second.

  11. stress(Verb)

    To emphasise (words in speaking).

  12. stress(Verb)

    To emphasise (a point) in an argument or discussion.

    I must stress that this information is given in strict confidence.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Stress(noun)


  2. Stress(noun)

    pressure, strain; -- used chiefly of immaterial things; except in mechanics; hence, urgency; importance; weight; significance

  3. Stress(noun)

    the force, or combination of forces, which produces a strain; force exerted in any direction or manner between contiguous bodies, or parts of bodies, and taking specific names according to its direction, or mode of action, as thrust or pressure, pull or tension, shear or tangential stress

  4. Stress(noun)

    force of utterance expended upon words or syllables. Stress is in English the chief element in accent and is one of the most important in emphasis. See Guide to pronunciation, // 31-35

  5. Stress(noun)

    distress; the act of distraining; also, the thing distrained

  6. Stress(verb)

    to press; to urge; to distress; to put to difficulties

  7. Stress(verb)

    to subject to stress, pressure, or strain


  1. Stress

    In continuum mechanics, stress is a physical quantity that expresses the internal forces that neighboring particles of a continuous material exert on each other. For example, when a solid vertical bar is supporting a weight, each particle in the bar pulls on the particles immediately above and below it. When a liquid is under pressure, each particle gets pushed inwards by all the surrounding particles, and, in reaction, pushes them outwards. These macroscopic forces are actually the average of a very large number of intermolecular forces and collisions between the molecules in those particles. Stress inside a body may arise by various mechanisms, such as reaction to external forces applied to the bulk material or to its surface. Any strain of a solid material generates an internal elastic stress, analogous to the reaction force of a spring, that tends to restore the material to its original undeformed state. In liquids and gases, only deformations that change the volume generate persistent elastic stress. However, if the deformation is gradually changing with time, even in fluids there will usually be some viscous stress, opposing that change. Elastic and viscous stresses are usually combined under the name mechanical stress.

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Stress

    Force exercised upon a solid tending to distort it, or to produce a strain.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'stress' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2716

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'stress' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2611

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'stress' in Nouns Frequency: #1070

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'stress' in Verbs Frequency: #452

Translations for stress

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the worry experienced by a person in particular circumstances, or the state of anxiety caused by this

the stresses of modern life; Her headaches may be caused by stress.

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