- noun the internal force, or load per unit area of a body that resists distortion or change of shape of the body
- verb to subject something to stress
- A force per unit area that causes strain. Stress is caused by the internal forces of a body which resist the lengthening, contraction, torsion, or other mechanical deformation caused by an external force. Also, to subject to such a force.
- To subject to operating conditions which are harsher than usual.
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