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stress

noun (n)

  • the relative prominence of a syllable or musical note (especially with regard to stress or pitch) (noun.communication)
    Synonym: accent, emphasis
    Example:
    He put the stress on the wrong syllable.
    source: wordnet30
  • (psychology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense (noun.state)
    Synonym: tenseness, tension
    Example:
    Stress is a vasoconstrictor.
    source: wordnet30
  • special emphasis attached to something (noun.state)
    Synonym: focus
    Example:
    The stress was more on accuracy than on speed.
    source: wordnet30
  • difficulty that causes worry or emotional tension (noun.state)
    Synonym: strain
    Example:
    She endured the stresses and strains of life.
    He presided over the economy during the period of the greatest stress and danger.
    source: wordnet30
  • (physics) force that produces strain on a physical body (noun.phenomenon)
    Example:
    The intensity of stress is expressed in units of force divided by units of area.
    source: wordnet30
  • Distress. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • to stress, single out as important (verb.communication)
    source: wordnet30
  • put stress on; utter with an accent (verb.communication)
    Synonym: accent, accentuate
    source: wordnet30
  • test the limits of (verb.emotion)
    Synonym: strain, try
    source: wordnet30
  • To press; to urge; to distress; to put to difficulties. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To subject to phonetic stress; to accent. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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