|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|
"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|
"In Farsi, you accent the last syllable of each word"
|Related terms:||pronounce dialect accentuation|
|5.||[ noun ] special emphasis attached to something|
"the stress was more on accuracy than on speed"
|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|
: "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|
|Related terms:||effort strive strain|
|10.||[ verb ] test the limits of|
"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|