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Dictionary definition for: Stress

1. (n) the relative prominence of a syllable or musical note (especially with regard to stress or pitch) "he put the stress on the wrong syllable"

2. (v) to stress, single out as important; "Dr. Jones emphasizes exercise in addition to a change in diet"

3. (n) (psychology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense; "he suffered from fatigue and emotional tension" "stress is a vasoconstrictor"

4. (v) put stress on; utter with an accent; "In Farsi, you accent the last syllable of each word"

5. (n) (physics) force that produces strain on a physical body; "the intensity of stress is expressed in units of force divided by units of area"

6. (v) test the limits of; "You are trying my patience!"

7. (n) special emphasis attached to something; "the stress was more on accuracy than on speed"

8. (n) 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

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