string-, strict-, strain-, -stringence, -stringency, -stringe, -stringent

(Latin: draw tight, to bind, to compress)

1. To keep, or to confine, something within fixed limits.
2. To confine, or to keep, within limits; as, of space, action, choice, intensity, or quantity.
1. The act of keeping something within specified bounds; by force if necessary.
2. A principle that limits the extent of something; for example, "He was willing to accept certain restrictions on his movements."
3. An act of limiting or restricting; as, by regulation or limitation.
1. Acting as a limit or control on something.
2. Limiting the range of reference or application of a word, phrase, or clause.
3. Expressing or implying restriction, or limitation of an application; such as, terms, expressions, etc.
In a restrictive manner, or with a limitation.
1. An intense or violent exertion.
2. An injury to a muscle (often caused by overuse) which results in swelling and pain.
3. In psychology, nervousness resulting from mental stress.
4. To pull at or push against something; especially, an obstacle or restraint, with great force or violence; such as, the dog was straining at the leash.
5. To make something seem barely adequate to meet the demands placed on it.
1. A device, or apparatus, that is used to tighten, to strengthen, or to stretch something.
2. A filter to retain larger pieces while smaller pieces and liquids pass through.
1. A narrow body of water that joins two larger bodies of water.
2. A situation that is difficult or involves hardship.
3. Very strict or severe.
1. To squeeze together.
2. To enclose in a limited area; to confine.
3. To put or to bring into difficulties or distress; especially, financial hardship.
1. Narrowly; closely.
2. Strictly; rigorously (for this, "strictly" is now used.
3. Closely; intimately.
1. A complex of fibers or filaments that have been twisted together to form a cable, rope, thread, or yarn.
2. A single filament; such as, a fiber or thread, of a woven or braided material.
3. A wisp or tress of hair.
4. Something that is plaited or twisted; such as, a rope-like length; a strand of pearls; a strand of DNA.
5. One of the elements woven together to make an intricate whole; such as, the plot of a novel.
1. To kill by squeezing the throat in order to compress the windpipe and to prevent the intake of air, as with the hands or a tightly drawn cord.
2. To kill by stopping the breath in any manner; to choke; to stifle; to suffocate.
3. To struggle for breath; to have insufficient oxygen intake.
4. To prevent the continuance, growth, rise, or action of; to suppress: "It is said that censorship strangles the free press."
1. To compress, constrict, or obstruct a body part so as to cut off the flow of blood or other fluid.
2. To be or to become strangled, compressed, constricted, or obstructed.
1. Forces from the outside world impinging on an individual.
2. The importance or significance attached to a something; emphasis: "Her mother always laid stress on good manners."
3. In phonetics, emphasis in the form of a prominent relative loudness of a syllable or a word as a result of a special effort in speech; such as, pronunciations.
3. In poetry, an accent or emphasis on syllables in a metrical pattern; a poetic beat.
4. The physical pressure, pull, or other force exerted on one thing by another; a strain.
5. A load, force, or system of forces producing a strain.
6. A specific response by the body to a stimulus; such as, fear or pain, that disturbs or interferes with the normal physiological equilibrium of an organism.
7. Physical, mental, or emotional strain or tension: "He said that worry over his job and his wife's health put him under great stress."

Stress is a normal part of life that can help us learn and grow. Conversely, stress can cause people significant problems.

Stress releases powerful neurochemicals and hormones that prepare people for action (to fight or flee). If they don't take action, the stress response can lead to health problems. Prolonged, uninterrupted, unexpected, and unmanageable stresses are the most damaging types of stress.

Many of the ways in dealing with stress; such as, with drugs, pain medicines, alcohol, smoking, and eating, actually are counterproductive in that they can worsen the stress and can make us more reactive (sensitive) to further stress.

Stress can be best managed by regular exercise, meditation, or other relaxation techniques; structured time outs, and learning new coping strategies to create predictability in the lives of people.

The management of stresses depend mainly on the willingness of a person to make the changes necessary for a healthy lifestyle.

—Based on information from
Webster's New World Medical Dictionary
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1. Causing or involving mental or physical stress or strain.
2. Full of stress or tension.
3. Any physical, chemical, or biological condition that can induce stress, strain, or distress.
1. Severe in maintaining discipline, or rigorous in ensuring that rules are obeyed.
2. Something that is enforced rigorously or which needs to be closely obeyed.
3. Exact, precise, or narrowly interpreted.
4. Closely observing rules, principles, or practices.
5. Characterized by or acting in close conformity to requirements or principles: "The church required a strict observance of rituals.
6. Etymology: "narrow, drawn in, small", from Latin strictus, "drawn together, tight, rigid"; which came from Latin stringere, "to draw" or "to bind tight".