Meaning of STRESS in English


n. & v.


1. a pressure or tension exerted on a material object. b a quantity measuring this.

2 a demand on physical or mental energy. b distress caused by this (suffering from stress).

3 a emphasis (the stress was on the need for success). b accentuation; emphasis laid on a syllable or word. c an accent, esp. the principal one in a word (the stress is on the first syllable).

4 Mech. force per unit area exerted between contiguous bodies or parts of a body.

1. lay stress on; emphasize.

2 subject to mechanical or physical or mental stress.

Phrases and idioms:

lay stress on indicate as important. stress disease a disease resulting from continuous mental stress.


stressless adj.

Etymology: ME f. DISTRESS, or partly f. OF estresse narrowness, oppression, ult. f. L strictus STRICT

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.