ten·sion noun \ˈten-chən\
a : the act or action of stretching or the condition or degree of being stretched to stiffness <muscular tension> b : stress 1b
a : either of two balancing forces causing or tending to cause extension b : the stress resulting from the elongation of an elastic body
: 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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