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tension

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noun ten·sion \ˈten(t)-shən\

Simple Definition of tension

  • : a feeling of nervousness that makes you unable to relax

  • : a feeling of nervousness, excitement, or fear that is created in a movie, book, etc.

  • : a state in which people, groups, countries, etc., disagree with and feel anger toward each other

Full Definition of tension

  1. 1a :  the act or action of stretching or the condition or degree of being stretched to stiffness :  tautnessb :  stress 1b

  2. 2a :  either of two balancing forces causing or tending to cause extensionb :  the stress resulting from the elongation of an elastic body

  3. 3a :  inner striving, unrest, or imbalance often with physiological indication of emotionb :  a state of latent hostility or opposition between individuals or groupsc :  a balance maintained in an artistic work between opposing forces or elements

  4. 4 :  a device to produce a desired tension (as in a loom)

ten·sion·al play \ˈten(t)-sh(ə-)nəl\ adjective
ten·sion·less play \ˈten(t)-shən-ləs\ adjective

Examples of tension

  1. You can see she is just filled with tension about her job.

  2. The dramatic tension was very satisfying.

  3. The author resolves the tension too soon.

  4. Political tensions in the region make it unstable.

  5. Do you sense the tension between those two?

  6. There was a lot of tension at the meeting.

  7. The book describes the tension-filled days before the war.

  8. He felt a tension between duty and love.

  9. There will always be some tension between the desire to reduce risk and the desire to make as much money as possible.



Origin of tension

Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin tension-, tensio, from tendere


First Known Use: 1533


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tension

transitive verb ten·sion

Definition of tension

ten·sionedten·sion·ing play \ˈten(t)-sh(ə-)niŋ\

  1. :  to subject to tension; especially :  to tighten to a desired or appropriate degree

ten·sion·er play \-sh(ə-)nər\ noun


1891

First Known Use of tension

1891

Rhymes with tension


Medical Dictionary

tension

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noun ten·sion \ˈten-chən\

Medical Definition of tension

  1. 1a:  the act or action of stretching or the condition or degree of being stretched to stiffness <muscular tension>b:  stress 1b

  2. 2a:  either of two balancing forces causing or tending to cause extensionb:  the stress resulting from the elongation of an elastic body

  3. 3:  inner striving, unrest, or imbalance often with physiological indication of emotion

  4. 4:  partial pressure

  5. ten·sion·al \ˈtench-nəl, -ən-əl\play adjective
    ten·sion·less \ˈten-chən-ləs\play adjective






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