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meanings of stress


  1. Emotional pressure suffered by a human being or other animal.
  2. Obsolete form of distress.
  3. Emphasis placed on words in speaking.
  4. Emphasis placed on a particular point in an argument or discussion (whether spoken or written).
  5. Distress; the act of distraining; also, the thing distrained.
  6. A physical, chemical, infective agent aggressing an organism.
  7. The internal distribution of force across a small boundary per unit area of that boundary (pressure) within a body. It causes strain or deformation and is typically symbolised by σ or τ.
  8. The emphasis placed on a syllable of a word.
  9. Force externally applied to a body which cause internal stress within the body.
  10. Aggression toward an organism resulting in a response in an attempt to restore previous conditions.


  1. To apply force to (a body or structure) causing strain.
  2. To emphasise (a point) in an argument or discussion.
  3. To apply emotional pressure to (a person or animal).
  4. To emphasise (a syllable of a word).
  5. To suffer stress; to worry or be agitated.
  6. To emphasise (words in speaking).

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