World English Dictionary
stress (strɛs)
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
6.  physics
 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 distress]

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