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  • noun
    Pressure or tension exerted on a material object. (the distribution of stress is uniform across the bar)
    A state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances. (he's obviously under a lot of stress)
    Physiological disturbance or damage caused to an organism by adverse circumstances. (in many areas irrigation is warranted to avoid plant stress)
    Particular emphasis or importance. (he has started to lay greater stress on the government's role in industry)
    Give particular emphasis or importance to (a point, statement, or idea) made in speech or writing. (they stressed the need for reform)
    Subject to pressure or tension. (this type of workout does stress the shoulder and knee joints)
    Cause mental or emotional strain or tension in. (I avoid many of the things that used to stress me before)


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