A person’s response to vents that are threatening or challenging. Whether it is a paper or an exam deadline, a family problem, or even the ongoing threat of a terrorist attack, life is full of circumstances and events, known as stressors that produce threats to our well-being. Even pleasant events – such as planning a party or beginning a sought-after job – can produce stress, although negative events result in greater detrimental consequences then do positive ones.

Stress is the response to physical or psychological events perceived by the individual as potentially causing harm or emotional distress.

Stress refers to physical and psychological strain, usually lasting for a period of time which threatens the ability of a person (or an animal) to go on coping with a given situation.  

Webster Dictionary Meaning

1. Stress
- Distress.
- Pressure, strain; -- used chiefly of immaterial things; except in mechanics; hence, urgency; importance; weight; significance.
- The force, or combination of forces, which produces a strain; force exerted in any direction or manner between contiguous bodies, or parts of bodies, and taking specific names according to its direction, or mode of action, as thrust or pressure, pull or tension, shear or tangential stress.
- Force of utterance expended upon words or syllables. Stress is in English the chief element in accent and is one of the most important in emphasis. See Guide to pronunciation, // 31-35.
- Distress; the act of distraining; also, the thing distrained.
2. Stress
- To press; to urge; to distress; to put to difficulties.
- To subject to stress, pressure, or strain.
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