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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.
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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