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Stress (stres) n. [ME. Stresse < Ofr. Estresse < VL. *stictia < L. strictus, STRICT; also, in some senses, aphetic < DESTRESS] 1. Strain or straining force; specif., a) force exerted upon a body, that tends to strain or disform its shape b) the intensity of such force, usually measured in pounds per square inch c) the opposing reaction or cohesiveness of a body resisting such force 2. Emphases; importance; ignificance 3. A) mental or physical tension or strain b) urgancy, pressure, etc. causing this 4. Music same as ACCENT (senses 13 &14) 5. Phonet. a) the relative force with which a syllable is uttered) an accented syllable: for stress marks, see PRIMARY ACCENT, SECONDARY ACCENT 6. Prosody a) the relative force of utterance given a syllable or word according to the meter b) an accented syllable ""vt. [Ofr. Estrecer, prob. < the n.] 1. To put stress, pressure, or strain on 2.

To give stress or accent to 3. To emphasize This is stress according to the New World Dictionary. The noun part of the definition is a tangible thing. Students measure stresses in physics classes and speak stresses in French class. But the rest of the definition is hard to see with our eyes even though we all feel it in our bodies. Sometimes stress is what drives us to do the best that we can do. However, stress, in large quantities, can cause people to buckle. Many teenagers today are faced with this large amount of stress and they do buckle. This is not what America wants for today's youth. There must be some middle ground between no work and to much work. By looking at a day in the life of an average teen, me, you can gain a better understanding of the word stress...