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tension

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noun ten·sion \ˈten(t)-shən\

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)

tensional

play \ˈten(t)-sh(ə-)nəl\ adjective

tensionless

play \ˈten(t)-shən-ləs\ adjective

Examples of tension in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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

tensioned

tensioning

play \ˈten(t)-sh(ə-)niŋ\
  1. :  to subject to tension; especially :  to tighten to a desired or appropriate degree

tensioner

play \-sh(ə-)nər\ noun

1891

First Known Use of tension

1891



TENSION Defined for English Language Learners

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tension

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noun ten·sion \ˈten(t)-shən\

Definition of tension for English Language Learners

  • : 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


TENSION Defined for Kids

tension

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noun ten·sion \ˈten-shən\

Definition of tension for Students

  1. 1 :  the act of straining or stretching :  the condition of being strained or stretched <I adjusted the strap's tension.>

  2. 2 :  a state of worry or nervousness

  3. 3 :  a state of unfriendliness <There was tension between the two groups.>


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

tensional

\ˈtench-nəl, -ən-əl\play adjective

tensionless

\ˈten-chən-ləs\play adjective


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