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STRESS

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does stress mean? 

STRESS (noun)
  The noun STRESS has 5 senses:

1. the relative prominence of a syllable or musical note (especially with regard to stress or pitch)
2. (psychology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense
3. (physics) force that produces strain on a physical body
4. special emphasis attached to something
5. difficulty that causes worry or emotional tension

  Familiarity information: STRESS used as a noun is common.


STRESS (verb)
  The verb STRESS has 3 senses:

1. to stress, single out as important
2. put stress on; utter with an accent
3. test the limits of

  Familiarity information: STRESS used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


STRESS (noun)


Sense 1stress [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The relative prominence of a syllable or musical note (especially with regard to stress or pitch)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

stress; accent; emphasis

Context example:

he put the stress on the wrong syllable

Hypernyms ("stress" is a kind of...):

inflection; prosody (the patterns of stress and intonation in a language)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "stress"):

accentuation (the use or application of an accent; the relative prominence of syllables in a phrase or utterance)

pitch accent; tonic accent (emphasis that results from pitch rather than loudness)

word accent; word stress (the distribution of stresses within a polysyllabic word)

sentence stress (the distribution of stresses within a sentence)


Sense 2stress [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(psychology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

tension; tenseness; stress

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms ("stress" is a kind of...):

mental strain; nervous strain; strain ((psychology) nervousness resulting from mental stress)

Domain category:

psychological science; psychology (the science of mental life)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "stress"):

breaking point ((psychology) stress at which a person breaks down or a situation becomes crucial)

yips (nervous tension that causes an athlete to fail (especially causes golfers to miss short putts))


Sense 3stress [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(physics) force that produces strain on a physical body

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural phenomena

Context example:

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

Hypernyms ("stress" is a kind of...):

force ((physics) the influence that produces a change in a physical quantity)

Domain category:

natural philosophy; physical science; physics (the science of matter and energy and their interactions)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "stress"):

tension ((physics) a stress that produces an elongation of an elastic physical body)

breaking point (the degree of tension or stress at which something breaks)


Sense 4stress [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Special emphasis attached to something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

stress; focus

Context example:

the stress was more on accuracy than on speed

Hypernyms ("stress" is a kind of...):

accent; emphasis (special importance or significance)


Sense 5stress [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Difficulty that causes worry or emotional tension

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

strain; stress

Context examples:

she endured the stresses and strains of life / he presided over the economy during the period of the greatest stress and danger

Hypernyms ("stress" is a kind of...):

difficulty (a condition or state of affairs almost beyond one's ability to deal with and requiring great effort to bear or overcome)


STRESS (verb)


Sense 1stress [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

To stress, single out as important

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

accent; accentuate; stress; emphasize; punctuate; emphasise

Context example:

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

Hypernyms (to "stress" is one way to...):

evince; express; show (give expression to)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "stress"):

emphasise; emphasize; underline; underscore (give extra weight to (a communication))

drive home; press home; ram home (make clear by special emphasis and try to convince somebody of something)

point up (emphasize, especially by identification)

topicalize (emphasize by putting have stress on or by moving to the front of the sentence)

bear down (pay special attention to)

re-emphasise; re-emphasize (emphasize anew)

bring out; set off (direct attention to, as if by means of contrast)

background; downplay; play down (understate the importance or quality of)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Sense 2stress [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Put stress on; utter with an accent

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

stress; accentuate; accent

Context example:

In Farsi, you accent the last syllable of each word

Hypernyms (to "stress" is one way to...):

articulate; enounce; enunciate; pronounce; say; sound out (speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 3stress [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Test the limits of

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Synonyms:

strain; stress; try

Context example:

You are trying my patience!

Hypernyms (to "stress" is one way to...):

afflict (cause great unhappiness for; distress)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "stress"):

rack (stretch to the limits)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


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