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  6  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Lateral  \Lat"er*al\,  a.  [L.  lateralis,  fr  latus,  lateris,  side: 
  cf  F.  lat['e]ral.] 
  1.  Of  or  pertaining  to  the  sides;  as  the  lateral  walls  of  a 
  house;  the  lateral  branches  of  a  tree. 
  2.  (Anat.)  Lying  at  or  extending  toward,  the  side  away  from 
  the  mesial  plane;  external;  --  opposed  to  {mesial}. 
  3.  Directed  to  the  side  as  a  lateral  view  of  a  thing 
  {Lateral  cleavage}  (Crystallog.),  cleavage  parallel  to  the 
  lateral  planes. 
  {Lateral  equation}  (Math.),  an  equation  of  the  first  degree. 
  {Lateral  line}  (Anat.),  in  fishes,  a  line  of  sensory  organs 
  along  either  side  of  the  body,  often  marked  by  a  distinct 
  line  of  color. 
  {Lateral  pressure}  or  {stress}  (Mech.),  a  pressure  or  stress 
  at  right  angles  to  the  length,  as  of  a  beam  or  bridge;  -- 
  distinguished  from  longitudinal  pressure  or  stress. 
  {Lateral  strength}  (Mech.),  strength  which  resists  a  tendency 
  to  fracture  arising  from  lateral  pressure. 
  {Lateral  system}  (Bridge  Building),  the  system  of  horizontal 
  braces  (as  between  two  vertical  trusses)  by  which  lateral 
  stiffness  is  secured. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Stress  \Stress\,  v.  t. 
  1.  To  subject  to  phonetic  stress;  to  accent. 
  2.  To  place  emphasis  on  to  make  emphatic;  emphasize. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Stress  \Stress\,  n.  [Abbrev.  fr  distress;  or  cf  OF  estrecier 
  to  press,  pinch,  (assumed)  LL  strictiare  fr  L.  strictus 
  See  {Distress}.] 
  1.  Distress.  [Obs.] 
  Sad  hersal  of  his  heavy  stress.  --Spenser. 
  2.  Pressure,  strain;  --  used  chiefly  of  immaterial  things 
  except  in  mechanics;  hence  urgency;  importance;  weight; 
  The  faculties  of  the  mind  are  improved  by  exercise, 
  yet  they  must  not  be  put  to  a  stress  beyond  their 
  strength.  --Locke. 
  A  body  may  as  well  lay  too  little  as  too  much  stress 
  upon  a  dream.  --L'Estrange. 
  3.  (Mech.  &  Physics)  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.  --Rankine. 
  Stress  is  the  mutual  action  between  portions  of 
  matter.  --Clerk 
  4.  (Pron.)  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},  [sect][sect]  31-35. 
  5.  (Scots  Law)  Distress;  the  act  of  distraining;  also  the 
  thing  distrained. 
  {Stress  of  voice},  unusual  exertion  of  the  voice. 
  {Stress  of  weather},  constraint  imposed  by  continued  bad 
  weather;  as  to  be  driven  back  to  port  by  stress  of 
  {To  lay  stress  upon},  to  attach  great  importance  to  to 
  emphasize.  ``Consider  how  great  a  stress  is  laid  upon  this 
  duty.''  --Atterbury. 
  {To  put  stress  upon},  or  {To  put  to  a  stress},  to  strain. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Stress  \Stress\,  v.  t. 
  1.  To  press;  to  urge;  to  distress;  to  put  to  difficulties. 
  [R.]  --Spenser. 
  2.  To  subject  to  stress,  pressure,  or  strain. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  the  relative  prominence  of  a  syllable  (especially  with 
  regard  to  stress  or  pitch);  "he  put  the  stress  on  the 
  wrong  syllable"  [syn:  {emphasis},  {accent},  {accentuation}] 
  2:  a  state  mental  or  emotional  strain  or  suspense;  "he  suffered 
  from  fatigue  and  emotional  tension"  [syn:  {tension},  {tenseness}] 
  3:  special  emphasis  attached  to  something  "the  stress  was  more 
  on  accuracy  than  on  speed"  [syn:  {focus}] 
  4:  a  state  of  extreme  difficulty:  "he  presided  over  the  economy 
  during  the  period  of  the  greatest  stress  and  danger"- 
  R.J.Samuelson  [syn:  {strain}] 
  5:  (physics)  force  that  produces  strain  on  a  physical  body 
  6:  an  intense  or  violent  exertion  [syn:  {strain},  {straining}] 
  7:  a  physical  force  producing  deformation  or  strain 
  v  1:  to  stress,  single  out  as  important:  "Dr.  Jones  emphasizes 
  exercise  in  addition  to  a  change  in  diet."  [syn:  {emphasize}, 
  {punctuate},  {accent},  {accentuate}] 
  2:  put  stress  on  utter  with  an  accent  [syn:  {accent}] 
  3:  direct  attention  to  as  if  by  means  of  contrast;  "This  dress 
  accentuates  your  nice  figure!"  "I  set  off  these  words  by 
  brackets"  [syn:  {emphasize},  {bring  out},  {accentuate},  {set 
  off},  {accent}]  [ant:  {deemphasize}] 
  4:  test  the  limits  of  "You  are  trying  my  patience!"  [syn:  {try}, 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
  STRuctual  Engineering  Systems  Solver. 
  A  system  for  structural  analysis  problems  in  Civil 
  Engineering.  STRESS  was  superceded  by  {STRUDL}. 
  ["STRESS:  A  User's  Manual",  S.J.  Fenves  et  al  MIT  Press 
  [Sammet  1969,  p.  612]. 

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