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Definition 1: the relative prominence of a syllable or musical note (especially with regard to stress or pitch) - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where stress or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he put the stress on the wrong syllable

Synonyms for stress in the sense of this definition

(stress is a kind of ...) the patterns of stress and intonation in a language

(... is a kind of stress ) the use or application of an accent; the relative prominence of syllables in a phrase or utterance

(... is a kind of stress ) emphasis that results from pitch rather than loudness

(... is a kind of stress ) the distribution of stresses within a polysyllabic word

(... is a kind of stress ) the distribution of stresses within a sentence

Definition 2: (physics) force that produces strain on a physical body - [noun denoting phenomenon]

Samples where stress or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

(stress is a kind of ...) (physics) the influence that produces a change in a physical quantity

"force equals mass times acceleration"

(... is a kind of stress ) (physics) a stress that produces an elongation of an elastic physical body

"the direction of maximum tension moves asymptotically toward the direction of the shear"

(... is a kind of stress ) the degree of tension or stress at which something breaks

(stress belongs to category ...) the science of matter and energy and their interactions

"his favorite subject was physics"

Definition 3: (psychology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense - [noun denoting state]

Samples where stress or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for stress in the sense of this definition

(stress is a kind of ...) (psychology) nervousness resulting from mental stress

"his responsibilities were a constant strain" "the mental strain of staying alert hour after hour was too much for him"

(... is a kind of stress ) nervous tension that causes an athlete to fail (especially causes golfers to miss short putts)

"to avoid the yips he changed his style of putting"

(... is a kind of stress ) (psychology) stress at which a person breaks down or a situation becomes crucial

(stress belongs to category ...) the science of mental life

Definition 4: difficulty that causes worry or emotional tension - [noun denoting state]

Samples where stress or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for stress in the sense of this definition

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

"grappling with financial difficulties"

Definition 5: special emphasis attached to something - [noun denoting state]

Samples where stress or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the stress was more on accuracy than on speed

Synonyms for stress in the sense of this definition

(stress is a kind of ...) special importance or significance

"the red light gave the central figure increased emphasis" "the room was decorated in shades of grey with distinctive red accents"

Definition 6: to stress, single out as important - [verb of communication]

Samples where stress or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for stress in the sense of this definition

(stress is a kind of ...) give expression to

"She showed her disappointment"

(... is a kind of stress ) understate the importance or quality of

"he played down his royal ancestry"

(... is a kind of stress ) direct attention to, as if by means of contrast

"This dress accentuates your nice figure!" "I set off these words by brackets"

(... is a kind of stress ) emphasize anew

"The director re-emphasized the need for greater productivity"

(... is a kind of stress ) pay special attention to

"The lectures bore down on the political background"

(... is a kind of stress ) emphasize by putting heavy stress on or by moving to the front of the sentence

"Speakers topicalize more often than they realize" "The object of the sentence is topicalized in what linguists call `Yiddish Movement'"

(... is a kind of stress ) emphasize, especially by identification

"This novel points up the racial problems in England"

(... is a kind of stress ) make clear by special emphasis and try to convince somebody of something

"drive home a point or an argument" "I'm trying to drive home these basic ideas"

(... is a kind of stress ) give extra weight to (a communication)

"Her gesture emphasized her words"

Definition 7: put stress on; utter with an accent - [verb of communication]

Samples where stress or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • In Farsi, you accent the last syllable of each word

Synonyms for stress in the sense of this definition

(stress is a kind of ...) speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way

"She pronounces French words in a funny way" "I cannot say `zip wire'" "Can the child sound out this complicated word?"

Definition 8: test the limits of - [verb of emotion]

Samples where stress or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • You are trying my patience!

Synonyms for stress in the sense of this definition

(stress is a kind of ...) cause great unhappiness for; distress

"she was afflicted by the death of her parents"

(... is a kind of stress ) stretch to the limits

"rack one's brains"

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