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shearing stress in physics, a force that causes two parts or layers of a body to slide along each other in opposite directions; shear.
stress fracture a hairline fracture, esp. in a leg or foot, that occurs as a result of repeated strenuous exercise and is a common ailment of professional runners, ballet dancers, and the like.
stressed-out experiencing great anxiety, often caused by an unusual amount of pressure from work, school, or the demands of others.