1. [ noun ] (rhetoric) the relative prominence of a syllable or musical note (especially with regard to stress or pitch)
Synonyms: accent accentuation emphasis

"he put the stress on the wrong syllable"

Related terms: prosody sentence_stress word_stress accentuation tonic_accent
2. [ verb ] to stress, single out as important
Synonyms: emphasize accentuate emphasise accent punctuate

: "Dr. Jones emphasizes exercise in addition to a change in diet."

Related terms: express emphasize underscore point_up re-emphasise topicalize background bear_down drive_home emphasis emphasizing
3. [ noun ] (pharmacology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense
Synonyms: tension tenseness

"he suffered from fatigue and emotional tension" "stress is a vasoconstrictor"

Related terms: strain vasoconstrictor breaking_point yips psychology
4. [ verb ] put stress on; utter with an accent
Synonyms: accentuate accent

"In Farsi, you accent the last syllable of each word"

Related terms: pronounce dialect accentuation
5. [ noun ] special emphasis attached to something
Synonyms: focus

"the stress was more on accuracy than on speed"

Related terms: emphasis
6. [ verb ] direct attention to, as if by means of contrast
Synonyms: emphasize set_off accentuate accent bring_out

"This dress accentuates your nice figure!" "I set off these words by brackets"

Related terms: deemphasize change foreground pick_up raise background
7. [ noun ] (physics) force that produces strain on a physical body
Related terms: force tension breaking_point
8. [ noun ] difficulty that causes worry or emotional tension
Synonyms: strain

: "she endured the stresses and strains of life" "he presided over the economy during the period of the greatest stress and danger"- R.J.Samuelson

Related terms: difficulty try
9. [ noun ] an intense or violent exertion
Synonyms: straining strain
Related terms: effort strive strain
10. [ verb ] test the limits of
Synonyms: strain try

"You are trying my patience!"

Related terms: afflict rack strain
11. [ noun ] (physics) force that produces strain on a physical body

"the intensity of stress is expressed in units of force divided by units of area"

Related terms: force force tension breaking_point physics
Similar spelling:   stressed