One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Physiological stress experienced by a plant as a result of a lack of available moisture.‘poor root–soil contact often creates water stress in newly transplanted trees’
2A situation in which the water resources in a region or country are insufficient for its needs.‘by then, some 47 percent of the world's population will be living in areas of high water stress’
1Mechanical stress in a structure or part arising from the presence of water nearby or inside it.
2Botany and Agriculture. Physiological stress experienced by a plant as a result of a lack of available moisture or a low water potential in the surrounding soil; an instance of this.
3Economic or political pressures in a country or region as a result of insufficient access to fresh water.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Power. From water + stress.
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