Definition of overstress in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈəʊvəstrɛs/
[with object]
1Subject to too much physical or mental stress: they are prone to nervous breakdowns if overstressed
More example sentences
  • Environmental factors seem to be overnutrition and physically overstressing the joints with early training and playing.
  • In other words, if a straight section of pipe has been plastically bent one has to overstress the pipe in the opposite direction in order to straighten it.
  • The mounting pins were secure and didn't seem to have been overstressed; the seal for the driveshaft had leaked a bit of water, but nothing to be concerned about.
1.1Lay too much emphasis on: the value of good legal assistance cannot be overstressed
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  • On the one hand, it is hostile: by overstressing the physical, by throwing man back upon his body, it has a dehumanizing effect.
  • For Fauré, art and music existed ‘to elevate mankind as far as possible above everyday existence’, but in his oeuvre the Hellenic aspect of calm, philosophical serenity has been overstressed.
  • With all these new issues on the horizon, the importance of this cannot be overstressed.


Pronunciation: /ˈəʊvəstrɛs/
[mass noun]
Excessive stress.
Example sentences
  • Shorted magnetoresistive head leads for electrical overstress and electrostatic discharge protection during manufacture of a magnetic storage system
  • It said the tyre failed because of overstress probably caused by under-inflation, itself probably caused by a leaking overpressure valve.
  • The lengths of lead in the parapet gutters were too long by modern standards, and in consequence thermal movement was liable to cause overstress in the lead.

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