Stress is a person's response to a stressor such as an environmental condition or a stimulus. Stress is a body's method of reacting to a challenge. According to the stressful event, the body's way to respond to stress is by sympathetic nervous system activation which results in the fight-or-flight response. Stress typically describes a negative condition or a positive condition that can have an impact on a person's mental and physical well-being.

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  1. The internal distribution of force per unit area (pressure) within a body reacting to applied forces which causes strain or deformation and is typically symbolised by σ
  2. externally applied to a body which cause internal stress within the body.
  3. Emotional pressure suffered by a human being or other animal.
    Go easy on him, he's been under a lot of stress lately.
  4. The emphasis placed on a syllable of a word.
    Some people put the stress on the first syllable of “controversy”; others put it on the second.
  5. Emphasis placed on words in speaking.
  6. Emphasis placed on a particular point in an argument or discussion (whether spoken or written).
  7. distress; the act of distraining; also, the thing distrained.


  1. To apply force to (a body or structure) causing strain.
  2. To apply emotional pressure to (a person or animal).
  3. To suffer stress; to worry or be agitated.
  4. To emphasise (a syllable of a word).
    “Emphasis” is stressed on the first syllable, but “emphatic” is stressed on the second.
  5. To emphasise (words in speaking).
  6. To emphasise (a point) in an argument or discussion.
    I must stress that this information is given in strict confidence.

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