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noun

1A test of cardiovascular fitness made by monitoring the heart rate during a period of increasingly strenuous exercise: the stress test suggested that he had coronary artery disease you may need to have a stress test to check out your heart
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  • I am much more interested in the everyday: the ear infections, annual check-ups and stress tests that make up health care.
  • After abnormal stress test results at the doctor's office, he traded in his fast-pace high-travel job to one closer to home and lost 10 pounds in the process.
  • He was too weak to take a stress test, but his angiogram was postponed until October anyway.
1.1A test designed to assess how well a system functions when subjected to greater than normal amounts of stress or pressure: the biggest banks are getting a financial stress test to see if they can withstand a deep recession
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  • Several reports indicate the treasury stress test will show that Bank of America needs to raise as much as $35 billion.
  • Since then, the government stress tests determined that the bank needed to raise an extra $5.5 billion.
  • Indeed, once stress tests on the banks are completed in April, there is the distinct prospect that the government's creeping nationalisation of the sector will extend further.

verb

(stress-test) [with object] Back to top  
Subject to a stress test: industry regulators unveiled plans to stress-test the nation’s largest banks
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  • "I am also having to have one of the windows stress-tested as it may have been weakened by a firework hitting it," Mr Reason said.
  • Early in the development process, Perl scripts proved especially effective in helping test new functionality and stress test the software.
  • This month, when most of the City is worried about their jobs, the FSA is busy stress-testing "severe weather".

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