|to change the pronunciation of (a stop) to an affricate, esp. by releasing (the stop) slowly.|
|a plosive consonant whose occlusion and release are accomplished chiefly at the glottis|
|1.||special emphasis or significance attached to something|
|2.||mental, emotional, or physical strain or tension|
|3.||emphasis placed upon a syllable by pronouncing it more loudly than those that surround it|
|4.||such emphasis as part of a regular rhythmic beat in music or poetry|
|5.||a syllable so emphasized|
|a. force or a system of forces producing deformation or strain|
|b. the force acting per unit area|
|7.||(tr) to give emphasis or prominence to|
|8.||(tr) to pronounce (a word or syllable) more loudly than those that surround it|
|9.||(tr) to subject to stress or strain|
|10.||informal (intr) to become stressed or anxious|
|[C14: stresse, shortened from |
|—suffix forming nouns|
|Compare -ster indicating a woman who performs or is engaged in a certain activity: songstress; seamstress|
An applied force or system of forces that tends to strain or deform a body.
The resisting force set up in a body as a result of an externally applied force.
A physical or psychological stimulus that can produce mental tension or physiological reactions that may lead to illness.
|stress (strěs) Pronunciation Key
A physical factor, such as injury, or mental state, such as anxiety, that disturbs the body's normal state of functioning. Stress may contribute to the development of some illnesses, including heart disease and cancer.
Note: The term stress also refers to the physical and mental state produced in the body when it is influenced by such factors: “The stress of the new job was too much for Tim, so he requested reassignment to his old position in the company.”