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1tension

noun ten·sion \ˈten(t)-shən\

: 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
a :  the act or action of stretching or the condition or degree of being stretched to stiffness :  tautness
b :  stress 1b
2
a :  either of two balancing forces causing or tending to cause extension
b :  the stress resulting from the elongation of an elastic body
3
a :  inner striving, unrest, or imbalance often with physiological indication of emotion
b :  a state of latent hostility or opposition between individuals or groups
c :  a balance maintained in an artistic work between opposing forces or elements
4
:  a device to produce a desired tension (as in a loom)
ten·sion·al \ˈten(t)-sh(ə-)nəl\ adjective
ten·sion·less \ˈten(t)-shən-ləs\ adjective
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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

Other Psychology Terms

fetish, hypochondria, intelligence, mania, narcissism, neurosis, pathological, psychosis, schadenfreude, subliminal

2tension

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

Definition of TENSION

:  to subject to tension; especially :  to tighten to a desired or appropriate degree
ten·sion·er \-sh(ə-)nər\ noun

First Known Use of TENSION

1891

Rhymes with TENSION

TENSIONER Defined for Kids

tension

noun ten·sion \ˈten-shən\

Definition of TENSION for Kids

1
:  the act of straining or stretching :  the condition of being strained or stretched <I adjusted the strap's tension.>
2
:  a state of worry or nervousness
3
:  a state of unfriendliness <There was tension between the two groups.>
Medical Dictionary

tension

noun ten·sion \ˈten-chən\

Medical Definition of TENSION

1
a :  the act or action of stretching or the condition or degree of being stretched to stiffness <muscular tension> b :  stress 1b
2
a :  either of two balancing forces causing or tending to cause extension b :  the stress resulting from the elongation of an elastic body
3
:  inner striving, unrest, or imbalance often with physiological indication of emotion
ten·sion·al \ˈtench-nəl, -ən-əl\ adjective
ten·sion·less \ˈten-chən-ləs\ adjective

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