Emphasis vs. Stress - What's the difference?

Wiktionary

  • Emphasis (noun)

    Special weight or forcefulness given to something considered important.

    "He paused for emphasis before saying who had won."

  • Emphasis (noun)

    Special attention or prominence given to something.

    "Anglia TV's emphasis is on Norwich and district."

  • Emphasis (noun)

    Prominence given to a syllable or words, by raising the voice or printing in italic or underlined type.

    "He used a yellow highlighter to indicate where to give emphasis in his speech."

  • Emphasis (noun)

    Related to bold.

  • Emphasis (noun)

    The phonetic or phonological feature that distinguishes emphatic consonants from other consonants

  • Stress (noun)

    A physical, chemical, infective agent aggressing an organism.

  • Stress (noun)

    Aggression toward an organism resulting in a response in an attempt to restore previous conditions.

  • Stress (noun)

    The internal distribution of force across a small boundary per unit area of that boundary (pressure) within a body. It causes strain or deformation and is typically symbolised by σ or τ.

  • Stress (noun)

    Force externally applied to a body which cause internal stress within the body.

  • Stress (noun)

    Emotional pressure suffered by a human being or other animal.

    "Go easy on him, he's been under a lot of stress lately."

  • Stress (noun)

    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."

  • Stress (noun)

    Emphasis placed on words in speaking.

  • Stress (noun)

    Emphasis placed on a particular point in an argument or discussion (whether spoken or written).

  • Stress (noun)

    obsolete form of distress

  • Stress (noun)

    distress; the act of distraining; also, the thing distrained.

  • Stress (verb)

    To apply force to (a body or structure) causing strain.

  • Stress (verb)

    To apply emotional pressure to (a person or animal).

  • Stress (verb)

    To suffer stress; to worry or be agitated.

  • Stress (verb)

    To emphasise (a syllable of a word).

    "“Emphasis” is stressed on the first syllable, but “emphatic” is stressed on the second."

  • Stress (verb)

    To emphasise (words in speaking).

  • Stress (verb)

    To emphasise (a point) in an argument or discussion.

    "I must stress that this information is given in strict confidence."

Oxford Dictionary

  • Stress (noun)

    pressure or tension exerted on a material object

    "the distribution of stress is uniform across the bar"

  • Stress (noun)

    the degree of stress measured in units of force per unit area.

  • Stress (noun)

    a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances

    "he's obviously under a lot of stress"

    "stress-related illnesses"

  • Stress (noun)

    something that causes a state of strain or tension

    "the stresses and strains of public life"

  • Stress (noun)

    physiological disturbance or damage caused to an organism by adverse circumstances

    "in many areas irrigation is warranted to avoid plant stress"

  • Stress (noun)

    particular emphasis or importance

    "he has started to lay greater stress on the government's role in industry"

  • Stress (noun)

    emphasis given to a particular syllable or word in speech, typically through a combination of relatively greater loudness, higher pitch, and longer duration

    "normally, the stress falls on the first syllable"

  • Stress (verb)

    give particular emphasis or importance to (a point, statement, or idea) made in speech or writing

    "they stressed the need for reform"

    "‘I want it done very, very neatly,’ she stressed"

    "she was anxious to stress that her daughter's safety was her only concern"

  • Stress (verb)

    give emphasis to (a syllable or word) when pronouncing it

    "in French, the last syllable is usually stressed"

  • Stress (verb)

    subject to pressure or tension

    "this type of workout does stress the shoulder and knee joints"

  • Stress (verb)

    cause mental or emotional strain or tension in

    "I avoid many of the things that used to stress me before"

  • Stress (verb)

    become tense or anxious; worry

    "don't stress—there's plenty of time to get a grip on the situation"

Webster Dictionary

  • Emphasis (noun)

    A particular stress of utterance, or force of voice, given in reading and speaking to one or more words whose signification the speaker intends to impress specially upon his audience.

  • Emphasis (noun)

    A peculiar impressiveness of expression or weight of thought; vivid representation, enforcing assent; as, to dwell on a subject with great emphasis.

  • Emphasis (noun)

    a special attention given to, or extra importance attached to, something; as, a guided tour of Egypt with emphasis on the monuments along the Nile.

  • Emphasis (noun)

    something to which great importance is attached; as, the need for increased spending on education was the emphasis of his speech.

  • Stress (noun)

    Distress.

  • Stress (noun)

    Pressure, strain; - used chiefly of immaterial things; except in mechanics; hence, urgency; importance; weight; significance.

  • Stress (noun)

    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.

  • Stress (noun)

    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.

  • Stress (noun)

    Distress; the act of distraining; also, the thing distrained.

  • Stress

    To press; to urge; to distress; to put to difficulties.

  • Stress

    To subject to stress, pressure, or strain.

  • Stress

    To subject to phonetic stress; to accent.

  • Stress

    To place emphasis on; to make emphatic; emphasize.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Emphasis (noun)

    special importance or significance;

    "the red light gave the central figure increased emphasis"

    "the room was decorated in shades of gray with distinctive red accents"

  • Emphasis (noun)

    intensity or forcefulness of expression;

    "the vehemence of his denial"

    "his emphasis on civil rights"

  • Emphasis (noun)

    special and significant stress by means of position or repetition e.g.

  • Emphasis (noun)

    the relative prominence of a syllable or musical note (especially with regard to stress or pitch);

    "he put the stress on the wrong syllable"

  • Stress (noun)

    the relative prominence of a syllable or musical note (especially with regard to stress or pitch);

    "he put the stress on the wrong syllable"

  • Stress (noun)

    (psychology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense;

    "he suffered from fatigue and emotional tension"

    "stress is a vasoconstrictor"

  • Stress (noun)

    (physics) force that produces strain on a physical body;

    "the intensity of stress is expressed in units of force divided by units of area"

  • Stress (noun)

    special emphasis attached to something;

    "the stress was more on accuracy than on speed"

  • Stress (noun)

    difficulty that causes worry or emotional tension;

    "she endured the stresses and strains of life"

    "he presided over the economy during the period of the greatest stress and danger"

  • Stress (verb)

    to stress, single out as important;

    "Dr. Jones emphasizes exercise in addition to a change in diet"

  • Stress (verb)

    put stress on; utter with an accent;

    "In Farsi, you accent the last syllable of each word"

  • Stress (verb)

    test the limits of;

    "You are trying my patience!"

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