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Definition of Stress


  1. To subject to phonetic stress; to accent.
  2. To place emphasis on; to make emphatic; emphasize.
  3. Distress.
  4. Pressure, strain; -- used chiefly of immaterial things; except in mechanics; hence, urgency; importance; weight; significance.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Distress; the act of distraining; also, the thing distrained.
  8. To press; to urge; to distress; to put to difficulties.
  9. To subject to stress, pressure, or strain.

Stress Quotations

Being in control of your life and having realistic expectations about your day-to-day challenges are the keys to stress management, which is perhaps the most important ingredient to living a happy, healthy and rewarding life.
Marilu Henner

If you don't think your anxiety, depression, sadness and stress impact your physical health, think again. All of these emotions trigger chemical reactions in your body, which can lead to inflammation and a weakened immune system. Learn how to cope, sweet friend. There will always be dark days.
Kris Carr

God will never give you anything you can't handle, so don't stress.
Kelly Clarkson

In times of great stress or adversity, it's always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive.
Lee Iacocca

Happiness is a choice. You can choose to be happy. There's going to be stress in life, but it's your choice whether you let it affect you or not.
Valerie Bertinelli
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Stress Translations

stress in Afrikaans is beklemtoon
stress in Danish is betoning
stress in Dutch is accentueren, beklemtonen
stress in French is balisage, souligner, accent, accentuer
stress in German is Beanspruchung, belasten, Belastung, betonen
stress in Italian is accentuare, accento