Definition and Meanings for stress

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Stress is ranked 2,948 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of stress

noun, transitive verb

Etymology of stress

abbrev. fr. distress; or cf. of. estrecier to press, pinch, (assumed) ll. strictiare, fr. l. strictus. see distress

Meaning of stress


as noun

  • distress.
  • pressure, strain; -- used chiefly of immaterial things; except in mechanics; hence, urgency; importance; weight; significance.
  • 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.
  • 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,
  • distress; the act of distraining; also, the thing distrained.

as transitive verb

  • to press; to urge; to distress; to put to difficulties.
  • to subject to stress, pressure, or strain.
  • to subject to phonetic stress; to accent.
  • to place emphasis on; to make emphatic; emphasize.
  • No antonyms for stress

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